ONE Future is a group of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas supply chain.
ONE Future was formed with a focus to collectively achieve a science-based average rate of methane emissions across our facilities equivalent to one percent (or less) of total natural gas production. With operations across every part of the natural gas value chain, we are focused on identifying policy and technical solutions that yield continuous improvement in the management of methane emissions.
ONE Future’s members begin with a focus on the outcome we want to achieve. In the case of methane emissions, our desired outcome is to collectively achieve an average rate of emissions across all facilities that is equivalent to one percent (or less) of total produced and delivered natural gas.
Our members have a common goal of reducing emissions to improve the quality of life for the communities in which we operate and for a sustainable energy future. ONE Future has a scientific, concrete, verifiable goal to reduce methane emissions and we have shown measurable progress to date.
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. With one goal in mind, each member company has the flexibility to deploy their capital where it will be maximally effective in reducing emissions.
What is the ONE Future Coalition?
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.
What is the goal of ONE Future?
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.)
What has ONE Future achieved so far?
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.
As a Charter Member of both the ONE Future Coalition and of the EPA’s Natural Gas Star and Methane Challenge programs, it’s clear that Kinder is making a robust effort to reduce its emissions. In fact, both of these voluntary memberships have already enabled Kinder to achieve 94 Bcf of methane emissions reductions over the last 25 years!
Steve was quick to ensure that Kinder is committed to continue managing and minimizing methane emissions; companies must make it their business – not merely comply with the regulations imposed upon them and hope for the best. It’s a concerted effort that requires stewardship and dedication, especially if natural gas companies hope to mimic the success that Kinder is achieving.
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.
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.