America’s Natural Gas Industry Will be Essential to Achieve a Net-Zero Emissions Future

Washington, D.C.At a media event today, American Gas Association (AGA) Chair, and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer at Southern Company Gas, Kim Greene, joined AGA President and CEO Karen Harbert to release a bold vision for the future along with a seminal analysis detailing how America’s natural gas, natural gas utilities and delivery infrastructure will be essential to meeting our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction goals, including achieving net-zero emissions.

Building on the industry’s bold Climate Change Position Statement from January 2020, this new study “Net-Zero Emissions Opportunities for Gas Utilities,” presents a national-level approach that leverages the unique advantages of gas technologies and distribution infrastructure. Several modeled pathways are analyzed to underscore the range of scenarios and technology opportunities available as the nation, regions, states and communities develop and implement ambitious emissions reductions plans. The pair also outlined how the industry has contributed to a cleaner environment through innovation and emissions reductions while delivering value to 187 million Americans every day.

“Our industry is proud that we have made significant progress on the climate change commitments made two years ago,” said Greene. “We knew then what we know now, climate change is a defining challenge across the globe and this industry and natural gas are part of the solution. That’s why we’re investing $95 million every day in infrastructure upgrades. Gas infrastructure will continue to unlock innovative solutions to meet our environmental goals—we are living up to our commitments, and we have no plans on slowing down.”

Greene and Harbert detailed the industry’s efforts and progress to date, including:

“Policymakers at every level continue to wrestle with the questions of how we get to net-zero emissions, yet the natural gas industry is advancing practical solutions and making investments that are enabling our country’s energy and environmental goals today and into the future,” said Greene. “This study demonstrates how natural gas and gas infrastructure are not only valuable, but essential for building pathways to achieve our ambitious environmental goals. The most practical, realistic way to achieve a sustainable future where energy is clean, as well as safe, reliable and affordable, is to ensure it includes natural gas and the infrastructure that transports it.”

“Americans want affordable, reliable energy and a clean environment, and this industry will be essential to meeting and exceeding those expectations.” said Harbert. “We are delivering cleaner energy every day and ensuring customers have affordable energy they can rely on, especially when storms hit and temperatures drop. These are the tenets on which this industry was built and no matter the day, we will continue to drive to do more.”

Key findings in the Net-Zero Emissions Opportunities for Gas Utilities Study include:

Harbert and Greene went on to detail the industry’s seven areas of focus as it works to enable and advance net-zero solutions: energy efficiency and improved energy management, methane mitigation technologies and strategies, advanced gas end-use technologies, renewable and low-carbon fuels, negative emissions technologies, infrastructure modernization and workforce development.

Harbert continued: “To meet our nation’s environmental goals, we must ensure we align rules and regulations with investment opportunities to accelerate innovative technologies and fuels. All sectors of the economy must play a role, and all emissions reduction options should be on the table to help ensure the broad availability of cost-effective and flexible solutions. We are keeping our eyes focused on the future, building on our progress to propel our nation to a cleaner energy future.”

The full study and accompanying resources can be accessed HERE.