With Operations across the entire natural gas value chain, ONE Future was formed with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production.
Our members are committed to achieving ONE Future’s strong, quantifiable target of lowering emissions, which helps demonstrate that not only is natural gas is a sustainable fuel, but an excellent long-term strategic investment.
When you join ONE Future, you join a member-driven coalition of problem solvers. We subscribe to performance and science-based standards to reduce methane emissions to maintain the competitiveness of natural gas.
ONE Future is the trade name for “Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition, Inc.,” which is a coalition of companies from across the natural gas industry focused on identifying policy and technical solutions that yield continuous improvement in the management of methane emissions associated with the production, processing, transmission and distribution of natural gas. If adopted widely, our system of emissions management could lower total methane emissions to less than one percent of gross production – the point at which the use of natural gas for any purpose provides clear and immediate GHG-reduction benefits as compared to any other fossil fuel in any other application.
ONE Future is focused on demonstrating an innovative, performance-based approach to the management of methane emissions directed toward a concrete goal: to achieve an average rate of methane emissions across the entire natural gas value chain that is one percent or less of total (gross) natural gas production. (To put this in perspective, the EPA estimates that the natural gas industry’s average rate of methane emissions is approximately 1.3 percent of gross production today – an emissions rate which equates to roughly 360 billion cubic feet (BCF) per year.)
Specific recognition in the Obama Administration’s Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. The Obama Administration recently announced a series of steps it will take to reduce methane emissions. Included in the announcement, was a specific recognition of the ONE Future coalition: “EPA will work with DOE, DOT, and leading companies, individually and through broader initiatives such as the One Future Initiative and the Downstream Initiative, to develop and verify robust commitments to reduce methane emissions.
Forbes recently published an article in which the author discusses the advantages that the U.S. natural gas supply has over Russia’s gas supply based on lower methane emissions rates from U.S. gas. The author states that Gazprom’s system has a leak rate of 5-7%, though admits that emissions are not being fully accounted for so it could be higher, while the U.S. rate, depending on the source, ranges from 2.6% to 1.5%.
Based on just the emissions rate it is obvious that the U.S. gas supply has a distinct advantage. While I agree with this advantage, the author goes on to criticize the Trump Administration and industry for attempting to undermine the methane regulations that give the industry this advantage and I couldn’t disagree more.
ONE Future members are working diligently to further reduce methane emissions using our voluntary, performance-based protocol developed in conjunction with the EPA. While there are no LNG exporters that are members of ONE Future currently, ONE Future production sector members produce approximately 10% of the U.S. natural gas.
ONE Future Coalition (ONE Future) announced today that the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) has released its report, Industry Partnerships and Their Role in Reducing Natural Gas Supply Chain Greenhouse Gas Emissions. The report analyzed the greenhouse gas (GHG) profile of the ONE Future facilities and also evaluated methane abatement options.
The ONE Future Commitment is intended to drive action to achieve segment-specific methane emissions intensity reductions, established through the ONE Future Coalition. This presentation has been submitted for consideration by Tom Hutchins. Please click on the "like" button below to vote for this presentation at the next 4C Conference April 3rd, 2018.
This report summarizes the impacts of natural gas compressor stations and reviews the current permitting process. Specifically, this report documents the regulations, rules, and laws which govern the siting and operation of interstate natural gas compressor stations, and how compliance with such regulations protects the health and safety of those living near a compressor station.
Today, as part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing commitment to take action on climate change and protect public health, EPA is announcing the founding partners of the ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment Option under the Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge (Methane Challenge) Program.