Thursday, February 29, 2024

A Natural Gas with Impact on Climate Change

It is common to confuse the terms methane and methanol, but although the two have different properties, they are important chemical compounds in our society. Methane is a natural gas, while methanol is a liquid fuel. As a hydrocarbon, methane has the chemical formula CH4 and is the main component of natural gas used in heating and power generation systems.

Methane, moreover, is found in the atmosphere in a very low concentration, representing only 0.00000189%. However, its impact on climate change is significant. In 2021, more than 100 countries joined an agreement to reduce methane levels by 30%, with the aim of stopping global warming. It is estimated that this reduction will reduce the planet’s temperature by 0.2°C over the next 30 years.

To achieve this reduction, it is necessary to implement new transportation technologies, control natural gas leaks and develop the livestock industry in a sustainable manner. These measures are essential to mitigate the effects of methane on climate change and preserve our planet.

On the other hand, methanol, also known as methyl alcohol, is a chemical compound used as antifreeze, solvent and fuel mixed with gasoline. It is made from methane and the chemical decomposition of organic matter by heating. Although it is used in various applications, currently only a small percentage of its production comes from renewable sources.

It is important to continue investing in technologies that allow the production of green methanol, that is, a low carbon fuel. This is achieved when methanol is produced from biomass gasification, renewable electricity and carbon dioxide capture.

In summary, although they are different compounds, methane and methanol play an important role in our society. It is important to take steps to reduce methane emissions and promote the production of green methanol, in order to reduce the effects of climate change and ensure a sustainable future for all.

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