AGA May 2018 Comments Strongly Support EPA ICR for Voluntary Methane Challenge Program

Policy May 31, 2018

In May 2018, AGA filed comments with EPA and the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) strongly supporting EPA's information collection request (ICR) for reporting and record keeping under the EPA voluntary Natural Gas STAR Methane Challenge program. This ICR approval is a prerequisite to standing up this important voluntary program that helps our members credibly demonstrate their progress toward reducing their carbon footprint. AGA and its members have long been committed to voluntary action to reduce natural gas emissions to improve the carbon footprint of delivered natural gas. Our members' actions, both within and beyond EPA Natural Gas STAR, reduced methane emissions by 75% from the natural gas distribution sector from 1990 through 2016, based on the annual EPA Inventory of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions in the U.S. published April 13, 2018. Emissions from natural gas distribution have declined to less than 0.1% of annual production. Overall, the April 2018 EPA GHG Inventory shows emissions from the entire natural gas value chain from production to the power plant, industrial, commercial or residential customer declined by 16 % over the same timeframe to just 1.2% of annual production. This is well below levels needed to demonstrate immediate climate and environmental benefits for switching from any other fossil fuel to affordable, cleaner, lower-carbon natural gas for generating electricity, powering cars, energizing industry, and heating homes and businesses. 

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