The Natural Gas Industry Methane Emissions Challenge

October 17, 2017

Natural gas plays an important role in improving air quality and will continue to be a key resource in the transition to a cleaner energy economy.

A natural gas combined cycle power plant produces about 50% fewer GHG emissions than coal and about 99% lower mercury and sulfur dioxide emissions, which are among the leading causes of premature deaths globally.

It is a flexible and reliable fuel that can provide a wide range of services, from on-demand capacity to modular distributed energy, to clean cooking and heating, to a high energy and feedstock fuel for industry, and clean transportation.

The reduction of methane emissions from natural gas value chain has been a priority for the natural gas industry for decades. Minimizing the loss of the product that the industry sells makes good commercial sense, ensures safety, and delivers on vital environmental objectives.

Active scientific research in this area is improving the understanding of methane sources, and emerging technologies are enabling better detection and measurement of emissions. This duo of science and technology will aid the industry to improve its ability to proactively focus on addressing a small number of outliers – those specific areas and equipment that disproportionately contribute to the challenge (“super emitters”) – while continuing with robust overall reductions programmes. 



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