Not so fast on fracking, UN agency tells developing countries

24 May 2018

The hydraulic extraction of natural gas — known as fracking — produces cleaner energy than oil and coal, but it’s not necessarily in the best interests of the world’s poorest countries, UN development experts said on Thursday.

A new report by UNCTAD, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, describes natural gas as a “bridge fuel” for States aiming to move to renewable energy sources, but among its disadvantages lies the fact that its main component is methane, whose global warming potential is 28 times higher than the carbon dioxide that’s found in other fossil fuels.

Janvier Nkurunziza, Chief of UNCTAD’s Commodity Research and Analysis Section, has been talking to Daniel Johnson about the report’s findings.

Audio Credit:
Daniel Johnson, UN News - Geneva
Audio Duration:
6'59"

 

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