Microsoft Corporation: Methane emissions tracking through AI & methane-sensing technologies


Methane has a climate-warming effect 30-80 times that of CO2. The oil and gas industry is a significant source of methane leaks, which are difficult and expensive to track. Tightening regulations for methane leaks, along with pressure from increasingly influential ESG investment trends are driving a renewed effort to more accurately and quickly detect fugitive methane emissions. With several new methane-sensing technologies, from IoT sensors to satellites, emerging, these options may also fragment a company’s methane-detection program and datasets. Microsoft’s Azure Global Energy team is working with partners on Azure data integration and AI platform capabilities to allow methane programs to leverage multiple emerging methane data sources to more accurately track and prevent methane leaks.

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