Washington, DC – The American Gas Association (AGA) today released an analysis based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) annual Greenhouse Gas Inventory. EPA’s report determines that there has been a recent increase in methane emissions resulting from the production of natural gas, but despite this determination, AGA concludes that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are significantly less for natural gas than for coal or oil on a Btu equivalent basis. In addition, total GHG emissions per MMBtu of natural gas consumed were actually lower in 2009 than in 1990.
“It has become abundantly clear that the increasing availability of natural gas, particularly natural gas developed from shale formations, offers the United States plentiful, domestic, clean, and affordable energy,” said Dave McCurdy, president and CEO of AGA. “Natural gas continues to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as demand increases and more efficient technologies for its production, delivery and use continue to develop, making the future for America’s foundation fuel very bright.”
The natural gas advantage is multiplied with the efficiency advantage offered by many gas applications. Greater efficiency means that less energy must be consumed to obtain the same product, whether it is heat, hot water or even electricity, so GHG emissions are reduced.
McCurdy added, “AGA believes that a diversified energy portfolio will serve the nation best. It is critical to appreciate the inherent advantages in each energy source, and natural gas has the clear advantage in terms of GHG emissions. The industry is consistently working to improve technology and practices in order to continue to improve the production, transmission and delivery of this foundation fuel in a safe, reliable and environmentally sound way.
To read the AGA’s complete analysis click here.