Emission management

Shell Looks to GHGSat To Monitor Methane Emissions

The signed framework agreement would have GHGSat use its satellite-based sensors to monitor greenhouse gases coming from select Shell facilities.

Greenhouse-gas monitoring company GHGSat announced it recently signed a framework agreement with Shell Global Solutions International to provide monitoring services with the aim of obtaining methane-emissions data from certain Shell facilities globally. The initial pilot phase is intended for GHGSat to demonstrate its technology and the reliability of the data recovered and initially will cover four of Shell’s assets. 


In 2016, Montreal-based GHGSat launched Claire, the world’s first satellite designed to measure greenhouse-gas emissions from industrial facilities. Claire has since taken measurements over 1 million km2; public samples of its measurements are available on GHGSat’s website. Building on the success of this first satellite, GHGSat said it is planning to launch two more satellites and an aircraft sensor in the next year. GHGSat uses its satellites and aircraft sensors to offer monitoring services for industrial emitters in sectors such as oil and gas, power generation, mining, waste management, and agriculture to measure; control; and, ultimately, reduce their emissions.

“Today’s announcement with a global leader in the oil and gas industry demonstrates the value of GHGSat’s services for operators of industrial facilities worldwide,” said Stéphane Germain, president and chief executive officer of GHGSat. “We are excited by the potential scope of this framework agreement and look forward to working with the world-class team at Shell.”