On Memorial Day weekend, I’m diving back into sustainability research after a long art interlude.
Here in my skim of the report from the International Energy Agency titled Curtailing Methane Emissions from Fossil Fuel Operations.
Starting with my skimming questions:
- What is the document, in simple terms?
- It’s an overview of methane-mitigation measures we could take to meet the goals of COP26. It was created by the International Energy Agency (IEA).
- Here is what they say about it: “The aim of this report is to present a non-prescriptive, high-level identification of the different measures and approaches that could deliver a 75% reduction in methane emissions from fossil fuel operations by 2030. We consider a range of action that includes policy and regulation, voluntary industry initiatives, as well as tools to improve the quality and availability of information about methane emissions.”
- When is it from? October 2021.
- What type of language does it use – legalese, engineering-speak, or layman-friendly?
- Simple, engineering-inflected language.
- Honestly, I liked this report a lot. I feel like they’re talking to me. Mostly because it’s simple, takes a big picture approach, and focuses on possibilities.
- What am I looking for in this document?
- An overview of ways to get involved, in whatever capacity. With, maybe, an eye toward research and development (R&D) work since that’s my particular interest.
- How many (readable) pages is it, excluding appendices and references? 46.
- What cited resources do I want to add to my TBR (‘to be read’)?
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There we go! Another installment of the research quest. And only one more report to skim, followed by a round of deep dives.
And then I can settle into the book-portion of the project (items 6 to 9 on the list), which hopefully should be more cozy and involve tea and rocking chairs.