Guidelines for the prevention and comprehensive control of methane emissions from the hydrocarbons sector (Mexico)
The guidelines apply to new and existing sources across the value chain. Under the regulation, facilities must develop a Program for Prevention and Integrated Control of Methane Emissions (PPCIEM).
As a starting point, facilities must identify all sources of methane, and calculate an emissions baseline (base year must be within the last 5 years). Companies must then set an emissions reduction goal for their existing facilities (Art. 27); new facilities must maintain their baseline emissions.
All facilities must establish an implementation schedule for mitigation measures similar or superior to those outlined in Title III. The regulation includes a number of emissions control measures, including technology improvements such as installing vapor recovery systems, selecting electric or solar-fed pneumatic pumps, and operational improvements such as reducing emissions from pipelines.
The guidelines also stipulate the development of a quarterly Leak Detection and Repair program. (Arts. 71-85) Existing facilities must complete mitigation actions in six calendar years and demonstrate annual progress towards their goal. Facilities must maintain records related to methane emitting components and activities for 5 years. (Art. 21)
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- Information and education
- Performance-based policies
- Mandatory reporting
- Recordkeeping requirements
- Procedural requirements
- Leak detection and repair requirements
- Emissions estimates
- Prescriptive requirements and standards
- Mandatory technology use
- Emission standards
- Company- or facility-level