Libya has recorded an increase in gas flaring in its oil production sites during the past years, the World Bank said in its recent report concerning the global gas flaring.
The 2022 Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report produced by the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) listed Libya among the ten top oil-producing countries responsible for three-quarters of all gas flaring in 2021.
"Seven of the top 10 flaring countries have held this position consistently for the last 10 years: Russia, Iraq, Iran, the United States, Venezuela, Algeria, and Nigeria. The remaining three, Mexico, Libya, and China, have shown significant flaring increases in recent years."
The report indicated that gas flaring resulted in nearly 400 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent emissions in 2021.
It underscored that ending routine flaring at oil production sites is vital to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve the gas for productive purposes, such as generating electricity in poor communities that rely on dirtier fuels for their energy needs.