Shale gas: a provisional assessment of climate change and environmental impacts - Report commissioned by The Co-operative Group.

F.R. Wood, P. Gilbert, M. Sharmina, K. Anderson, A. Footitt, S. Glynn, F. Nicholls

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    Abstract

    This report, commissioned by The Co-operative, provides a provisional review andassessment of the risks and benefits of shale gas development, with the aim ofinforming The Co-operative’s position on this ‘unconventional’ fuel source.The analysis within the report addresses two specific issues associated with theextraction and combustion of shale gas. Firstly, it outlines potential UK and globalgreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions arising from a range of scenarios building oncurrent predictions of shale gas resources. Secondly, it explores the health andenvironmental risks associated with shale gas extraction. It should be stressed that a key issue in assessing these issues has been a paucity of reliable data. To date shale gas has only been exploited in the US and, while initial estimates have been made, it is difficult to quantify the possible resources in other parts of the globe, including the UK. Equally, information on health and environmental aspects is of variable quality and only now is there any systematic effort being undertaken tobetter understand these issues. Therefore, while every effort has been made toensure the accuracy of the information in the report, it can only be as accurate as the information on which it draws.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationManchester
    PublisherCooperative Group
    Number of pages87
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011

    Keywords

    • Shale gas
    • Climate change
    • Environmental impacts
    • Energy

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