Methane Emissions Summit
Last week, in Houston, ONE Future hosted our first Methane Emissions Summit; we had over 100 attendees with Anne Isdal from the EPA as the keynote speaker. From the positive response we’ve received, we’re already thinking about the next summit. We had a variety of excellent presentations ranging from technology solutions that will help reduce methane emissions, to how our members are successfully working to reduce emissions, to how current policy and regulations affect our industry. I learned a lot and if you were in attendance, I hope you did too. If you couldn’t join us, here are my top 5 takeaways.
- 1. The technology used to reduce methane emissions is very high-tech – think drones.
- 2. ONE Future companies are leading the Natural Gas industry in the reduction of methane emissions and there are case studies that prove it.
- 3. Public-Private Partnerships work. NETL demonstrated how they worked with ONE Future to understand how the natural gas industry could indeed reduce methane emissions by following the ONE Future guidelines.
- 4. The future for Natural Gas is positive, with ongoing methane reduction as well as the development of new technologies that employ natural gas without burning it, thereby eliminating all emissions.
- 5. Current EPA policy is one based on science and laws.
You can find all the presentations here; please feel free to reach out to me, I welcome any questions or ideas.
Executive Director, ONE Future
NETL Study Concludes that ONE Future Program Can Potentially Reduce Methane Emissions by 33% more than goal of 1%
-Natural Gas Coalition on Track to Reduce Methane Emissions to Less Than 1% by 2025-
Houston, TX – May 15, 2018 – 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.
Key takeaways from the study are the following:
- The study indicated an average life-cycle methane emission rate using the ONE Future protocol to be .67% vs national average methane emission rate of 1.62. Additional cost- effective measures could account for an additional 1.1 Bcf in methane emission reductions.
- f these additional measures are fully realized the average life-cycle methane emission rate for ONE Future companies is 0.65% further enhancing the competitive advantage of US natural gas relative to other countries.
- NETL also computed the life cycle GHG emission results for natural gas through end use (power sector and liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivered). Comparing the results with prior NETL reports, ONE Future companies delivered gas is 7-10% lower on a CO2 equivalent intensity basis compared to the “average” US natural gas rate on a 100-year basis and about 15-18% lower on a 20 year basis
“ONE Future companies understand methane emissions can potentially erode the benefits of natural gas and reductions are vital to ensuring the industry can support the energy needs of the nation and the world. This study demonstrates the positive impacts of One Future Coalition companies and the bottom line is this report proves that we can achieve energy dominance using our abundant, affordable and American natural gas in an environmentally responsible manner,” said Richard Hyde, Executive Director, ONE Future.
ONE Future member companies represent the entire natural gas value chain and account for about 12% of the total natural gas production, 22% of the US natural gas transmission miles and 9% of the US natural gas distribution. ONE Future companies have invested in methane mitigation technologies and work-practices for several decades. Using the NETL Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) model this project enabled ONE Future members to evaluate how their current and past investments in methane mitigation compared to the US national average of methane emissions.
This initiative between ONE Future and NETL demonstrates how industry and government can work together to improve the understanding of methane emissions and identify potential reduction strategies that can improve long-term operational efficiency of the nation’s natural gas production and delivery systems.
ONE Future was formed when 8 companies came together in 2014 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. Since our formation, we have grown to 13 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. ONE Future members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country, hence ONE Future’s data represent a geographically diverse and material share of the U.S. natural gas supply chain. Its members include Antero Resources, Apache, BHP, EQT Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, Statoil and TransCanada, for more information visit www.onefuture.us.
The report can be accessed on the NETL website under the Natural Gas heading at: www.netl.doe.gov/LCA.
Welcome reader – to the inaugural issue of ONE Future’s blog. Over the last few years you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the natural gas industry’s methane emissions, and that isn’t surprising. There are numerous negative, (sometimes false), stories about methane emissions. While you may be aware of ONE Future, you likely aren’t aware of what our coalition has been doing to significantly reduce methane emissions – which is why we started this blog, to begin communicating the truth. In fact, ONE Future companies have invested in methane mitigation technologies and work-practices for several decades and are voluntarily working to lower emissions to “ONE”% or less by 2025 – it’s part of our name!
To demonstrate that we are a coalition that takes action, we approached the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), a division of the U.S. Department of Energy, two years ago and asked to take part in an independent study on methane emissions in our industry. As part of the study, they gathered and used real data from our facilities. Today ONE Future announced the release of that report from NETL, 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 evaluated methane abatement options.
The report is over 200 pages, but key takeaways include:
- The ONE Future protocol emission rate is .67% vs the national average methane emission rate of 1.62%. Further cost-effective measures could account for an additional 1.1 Bcf in methane emission reductions.
- If these additional measures are fully realized, the average life-cycle methane emission rate for ONE Future companies would be 0.65% – further enhancing the competitive advantage of U.S. natural gas, relative to other countries.
- Comparing the results with prior NETL reports, ONE Future companies delivered natural gas that was 15-18% lower on a CO2 equivalent intensity compared to the “average” U.S. natural gas rate on a 20-year basis.
This study demonstrates the positive impacts of ONE Future Coalition companies working to significantly reduce methane emissions; the bottom line is that the NETL report proves that we can achieve energy dominance using our abundant, affordable and American natural gas in an environmentally responsible manner.
If your company is part of the natural gas value chain and you want to make a difference in methane reduction, join us. ONE Future was formed when eight companies came together in 2014 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. We have grown to 13 companies accounting for the some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission and distribution companies in the U.S. Our members operate in 11 out of the 19 production basins and other segments of the value chain operate in multiple regions of the country; they include Antero Resources, Apache, BHP, EQT Hess, Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Jonah, Southern Company Gas, Southwestern Energy, Summit Utilities, Statoil and TransCanada.
ONE Future Presentation at C4 Conference
INGAA Foundation Study on Compressor Healthy and Safety
EPA Announces First ONE Future Commitments Under Methane Challenge Program
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WASHINGTON—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. The Methane Challenge Program builds upon the Natural Gas STAR Program, calling on U.S. oil and gas companies to make specific and transparent commitments to reduce methane emissions from their operations.
“Methane is over 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in warming the planet, so reducing methane emissions is critical for addressing climate change,” said Janet McCabe, acting assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation. “Our voluntary Methane Challenge Program is an important part of the Obama Administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions and we are pleased to expand the program to include the ONE Future Commitment. These partner companies are leading a path to cleaner energy production in the natural gas sector by agreeing to reduce methane emissions and track their progress.”
Formed in 2014, the Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) Coalition is an industry-led partnership with a goal of reducing methane emissions associated with the U.S. onshore natural gas value chain to one percent or less by 2025. Each ONE Future company has the flexibility to determine the most cost?effective pathway to achieve that goal – and agrees to demonstrate progress according to specific reporting protocols.
Companies interested in joining the Methane Challenge have the opportunity to choose from two options to reduce methane emissions: the Best Management Practice (BMP) Commitment or the ONE Future Commitment. EPA launched the Methane Challenge Program with 41 founding partners under the BMP Commitment in March 2016. Since then, two additional companies have joined as BMP partners.
Today, four ONE Future member companies – Kinder Morgan, National Grid, Southern Company Gas, and Southwestern Energy – are joining the Methane Challenge Program under the ONE Future Commitment. One company, National Grid, is a Methane Challenge partner under both the BMP and ONE Future Commitments, bringing the total number of Methane Challenge partners to 46.
The Methane Challenge Program provides partner companies with a platform to make transparent company-wide commitments to cut emissions. Transparency is a fundamental part of the program, and partner achievements will be tracked by submitting annual data directly to EPA. The Methane Challenge Program has the potential to achieve significant emissions reductions in a cost-effective way, and is an important component of the Administration’s 2014 Methane Strategy, which set out regulatory and voluntary approaches for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025.
Methane Challenge Program: https://www.epa.gov/natural-gas-star-program/natural-gas-star-methane-challenge-program
Details on the Methane Challenge ONE Future Commitment: https://www.epa.gov/natural-gas-star-program/meet-our-program-partners
Learn more about ONE Future: http://www.onefuture.us