Reduced Emissions

To see how our members are reducing emissions, visit our case studies page.

The original goal of 1% established by the founding members of the ONE Future Coalition in 2014 was based on the best available data at that time (EPA’s national greenhouse gas inventory for 2012) which resulted in a national methane emission intensity rate of 1.44%.  ONE Future’s goal was developed to achieve an ambitious average rate of methane emissions across the entire natural gas value chain of one percent or less of the methane portion of gross natural gas produced (methane intensity) by 2025. To achieve ONE Future’s collective targets, we have identified sectoral performance targets for each of the five major industry sectors (Production; Gathering & Boosting; Processing; Transmission & Storage, and Distribution) that would cumulatively add up to our overall one percent goal. ONE Future set these performance targets in rough proportion to each industry sectors’ respective share of 2012 emissions, considering reduction potentials given current regulatory barriers. These sectoral targets serve both to benchmark company progress toward their goals, but also to facilitate comparisons amongst diverse companies as each strives for optimal performance.

ONE Future members in each of the sectors show the following cumulative results from 2017 to 2018:

  • Production: reduced intensity rate 52% while increasing throughput 18%.
  • Gathering & Boosting: reduced intensity rate 70% while throughput volumes increased 262%.
  • Processing: reduced intensity rate 38% while increasing throughput 806%.
  • Transmission & Storage: reduced intensity rate 27% while increasing throughput 51%.
  • Distribution: reduced intensity rate 11% while increasing throughput 9%.

Due to the year-to-year changes in sectors, the net emissions intensity from ONE Future has decreased 41% from 2017, while production and throughput increased, which aligns with our goal of continual improvement.

We strive for continuous improvement to ensure that natural gas remains the fuel of choice for all end-use sectors at all times: power – including natural gas delivered by local distribution companies for power generation; residential, commercial and industrial demand; and critical emerging markets like transportation and LNG exports. We believe that ONE Future’s results demonstrate that industry can cost-effectively achieve an average emissions intensity rate of one percent or less. ONE Future believes that targeted investment in abatement technologies today can both yield significant improvements in environmental performance and supply chain efficiency.