(February 9, 2018) Tim Taylor (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment), co-lead for the ITRC Evaluation of Innovative Methane Detection Technologies Team, was invited to participate in a U.S.-Israel Technical Workshop on Quantifying and Reducing Methane Emissions in the Oil & Gas Sector on January 23-24, 2018 in Jerusalem, Israel. The workshop, which was planned and coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Embassy in Israel, and the Israeli Ministries of Energy and Environmental Protection, focused on methods to reduce methane emissions from Israel's natural gas development to help the country meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals. Tim also had the opportunity to meet with the head of the Israeli Natural Gas Vehicles Forum and the Association of Oil & Gas with the Manufacturer's Association of Israel.

Tim provided perspectives on Colorado's approach to methane emissions regulation for the oil & gas industry. He also described his team’s efforts to develop a guidance document for comparing and assessing various methane detection technologies, including regulatory barriers to the use of new and innovative technologies.

Left to right: Ellen Schnitser (U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel); Noa Binyamin (Noble Energy Mediterranean Ltd.); Carmel Feldman Abutbul (Chemical Sectors, Manufacturers' Association of Israel); Tim Taylor (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment); Deborah Howell (U.S. Embassy, Tel Aviv, Israel).

The workshop included a visit to an onshore natural gas treating facility.