AGA's natural gas utility members deliver clean, abundant, affordable natural gas produced in Northern America. Because natural gas is highly efficient and emits considerably less carbon dioxide, sulfur, nitrogen or particulates when combusted than other fossil fuels, natural gas results in a smaller environmental impact than other energy sources.

Supplies of natural gas are becoming even more environmentally friendly. Biogas is made from non-food sources of organic waste, such as landfill and manure. When cleaned to pipeline quality, biogas becomes Renewable Natural Gas that can be delivered to residential and commercial customers. Natural gas also provides a critical back up for intermittent sources of renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Natural gas utilities continually assess emerging technologies and methodologies to determine if existing procedures can be improved.

AGA works with members and leading experts to evaluate how new federal environmental regulatory proposals could impact natural gas local distribution systems and customers. We advocate for government rules and policies that protect the environment while allowing our natural gas utility members to continue to deliver clean, affordable natural gas to customers, safely and reliably. This page addresses key environmental issues that affect natural gas utilities and their customers.

If you would like more information regarding AGA's environmental work, please contact Pam Lacey, AGA's Environmental Senior Managing Counsel, Environment.

Climate and Energy Policy

AGA believes that every discussion about clean energy standards should include natural gas—and that energy efficiency and reduced environmental impacts be considered primary criteria for the nation’s climate and energy policies.
Energy Efficiency

Regulatory Incentives for Utilities to Promote Energy Efficiency
Environmental Policy

Discover the depth of the AGA’s commitment to a greener planet—and to doing our part to combat climate change.
Natural Gas Emissions

AGA believes that natural gas is poised to serve as a foundation fuel for the U.S. economy for years to come. This prospect has increased attention on methane emissions from natural gas systems. While methane is a greenhouse gas, natural gas produces far less carbon dioxide than coal or oil when combusted and serves as a clean, affordable complement to renewable energy. 
Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)

Securing a Role for Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)
Responsible Natural Gas Development

The American Gas Association (AGA) believes that the benefits of developing the abundant and clean natural gas energy resource in America can and should be realized. We also believe it can be developed in a responsible manner. Over the past several years a truly game-changing event has occurred in the natural gas industry thanks to improved technologies that are allowing energy producers to access significant and growing supplies of domestic natural gas from shale formations and other unconventional reservoirs.