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Fossil fuel sector efficiency

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Question What are some ways to create step-change improvements in the GHG emissions associated with the production of fossil fuels?

Contest main page Submit proposals at

Deadline June 15, 2013, at 11:59 Eastern Standard Time

Rules All entrants must agree to the 2012-13 contest rules.

Prizes The contest winners will be invited to present their work at the Crowds and Climate Conference at MIT November 6-7, 2013, and at the event, a $10,000 Grand Prize will be awarded to one of the contest winners

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Guidelines from the contest Advisor(s) and Fellow(s) #

Opportunity/challenge #

The scope of potential improvements within the fossil fuel sector is broad. Fossil fuel supply chains occur over vast geographic areas. It is not uncommon to extract natural gas or oil in one country, ship the raw resource to a second country for processing and then ship the final product to a third country where it is further processed or consumed. The following are a few key areas where GHG emissions may arise along the supply chain:

Key issues #

In each of the three areas mentioned above, engineers are working to make incremental improvements in the GHG emissions of their various processes. These are driven both by changing regulatory requirements as well as by increasing awareness of potential opportunities for cost savings by reducing leaks and inefficiencies. These changes, however, are happening slowly. The challenge ahead is to think of proposals that will allow step-changes in reducing the emissions from the production of fossil fuels. The following are some example areas that might be fruitful for consideration. Contestants should not feel constrained to the areas mentioned following list and can consider areas beyond:

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