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Eight Points – Natural Gas, Reducing Emissions and Environment

natural gas benefits  Environment  emission reductions  methane emissions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 12, 2021

There’s a good deal of discussion in Washington about a national clean electricity standard, which would use government mandates to set targets for reducing carbon emissions from the power sector.

Such an approach is one way to go, but there’s another – one that already has achieved significant greenhouse gas emissions by using the power of the marketplace to effect change: U.S. natural gas.

The increased use of natural gas is the leading reason for reduced U.S. emissions in recent years, including carbon dioxide. At the same time, technologies and industry innovation have helped reduce methane emissions associated with natural gas and oil production, and new advances are on the horizon. This pathway leads to a lower-carbon future and the ability to meet growing world demand for energy. 

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Growing Momentum for Carbon Capture

carbon capture  emission reductions  climate  technology 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted July 2, 2021

Carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) is a rarity in Washington: a technology that apparently is liked by just about everyone – Democrats, Republicans and Independents alike. It certainly looks like the future for CCUS – identified in API’s Climate Action Framework as key in addressing the risks of climate change while also developing the energy America needs to grow and be safe – is bright.

That’s the big takeaway from this week’s webinar by Our Energy Policy, a non-profit facilitator of civil dialogue on energy policy issues. Event panelists agreed that CCUS generally and specifically, the 45Q tax credit to spur CCUS projects, has lawmakers on Capitol Hill practically locking arms in support.

Fast-tracking the commercial scale-up of CCUS is a major industry priority, because it allows continued robust natural gas and oil development while simultaneously reducing carbon dioxide associated with that development. 

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World Leaders: Natural Gas Essential to the Future Energy Mix

natural gas  liquefied natural gas  emission reductions 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted June 25, 2021

America’s natural gas and oil industry is committed to delivering access to affordable, reliable energy to power modern life and empower emerging economies around the world. At the same time, API supports the ambitions of the Paris climate agreement – our member companies are building a lower-carbon future with cleaner energy options for businesses and consumers.

Over the past decade, our abundant natural gas resources have contributed to meaningful emissions reductions in the U.S. power sector, which has been the primary source of demand growth for the fuel. The availability of low-cost natural gas – and our growing capacity to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) – presents the unique opportunity for America to help nations around the world achieve ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and carbon-neutral commitments by reducing greenhouse gas emissions while also supporting economic development.

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Actions to Reduce Emissions Continue to be Led by Natural Gas

emission reductions  carbon dioxide  natural gas benefits  electricity 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted June 14, 2021

Among U.S. efforts to address the risks of climate change, the dramatic shift to natural gas to fuel electricity generation stands out over everything else.

That includes renewables, electric vehicles and the seemingly endless target-setting by various bodies. In terms of measurable progress, none of those has reduced greenhouse gas emissions in this country as much as increased use of natural gas for power generation.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports that over the past 15 years, the shift in power generation fuel to natural gas from coal is largely responsible for 2019 sector carbon dioxide emissions that were 32% lower than those of 2005. 

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New Well Decommissioning Standard Strengthens Effort to Reduce Emissions

api standards program  emission reductions  climate 

John Siciliano

John D. Siciliano
Posted June 11, 2021

Industry support for the administration’s goal of a lower-carbon future is more than just talk. API’s new Climate Action Framework spells out the specific action the industry is taking to address the risks of climate change while supplying the energy Americans rely on every day. This week, API announced its publication of a new standard, API Recommended Practice (RP) 65-3, on properly decommissioning and sealing wells as one of those actions to combat climate change.

Certainly, the administration has identified decommissioning old natural gas and oil wells as one of its priorities for reducing carbon emissions in its push for an infrastructure package. RP 65-3 provides technical guidance for doing the job correctly. 

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Co-Fueling Power Plants With Natural Gas Can Rapidly Cut GHG Emissions

natural gas  cogeneration  coal  emission reductions  electricity 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 25, 2021

New, independent analysis says that the U.S. can rapidly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by using natural gas as a co-fuel at coal power plants – pointing to another reason domestic natural gas is key to a cleaner future.

The analysis by Resources for the Future (RFF) outlines how EPA could foster natural gas cofiring at coal plants to reduce emissions. Authors Maya Domeshek and Dallas Burtraw write that a modest cofiring standard at coal plants can reduce carbon emissions significantly and rapidly and that adding a cofiring standard to other national electricity policies also accelerates emissions reductions. 

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Climate Action Framework: Strategies for a Lower-Carbon Future

climate  Environment  infrastructure  investment  emission reductions 

Lem Smith

Lem Smith
Posted May 19, 2021

President Biden has committed the U.S. to bold reductions in economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, nearly doubling our nation’s previously determined target. Policy experts have emphasized that we will need natural gas and oil to achieve these climate ambitions. …

Ushering in a lower-carbon future means addressing the growing, long-term demand for energy, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions at scale. There is no single solution to the climate challenge, but with a comprehensive, cross-sector approach, industry can work with government to drive meaningful progress.

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World Bank: U.S. Leads in Global Flaring Reduction

methane  Environment  federal leases  emission reductions 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted May 3, 2021

The World Bank is out with its annual Global Gas Flaring Tracker Report, and there’s positive news on U.S. flaring from natural gas and oil production – underscoring industry’s commitment to reduce emissions while continuing to supply the affordable, reliable energy Americans use every day.

The report showed a 32% decrease in U.S. flaring from 2019-2020. This included decreased flaring in three key shale regions – the Permian, Bakken and Eagle Ford. Lower production last year associated with the pandemic was a factor, but the report also notes infrastructure improvements to capture and use gas that in the past would have been flared. 

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Report: Natural Gas Pipelines Crucial to U.S. Climate Ambitions

natural gas  pipelines  emission reductions 

Sam Winstel

Sam Winstel
Posted April 29, 2021

With President Biden committing the U.S. to a more than 50% reduction in economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – nearly double the previous national target – some policy experts say America will need natural gas and a modern pipeline network to reach the goal.

Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy recently published an energy infrastructure report – “Investing in the U.S Natural Gas Pipeline System to Support Net-Zero Targets” – underscoring the importance of natural gas in achieving meaningful environmental progress. 

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Using CCUS and Other Technologies to Reduce GHG Emissions

ccs technology  emission reductions  climate 

Mark Green

Mark Green
Posted April 22, 2021

As the White House hosts the Leaders Summit on Climate, it’s important to reiterate the natural gas and oil industry’s commitment to address the climate challenge while also supplying the affordable, reliable energy our country counts on every day. Industry’s goal is to engage with President Biden and Congress on those parallel priorities.

Meeting the climate/energy challenge is at the heart of API’s Climate Action Framework – with an emphasis on “action.” Americans, as seen in new polling, expect our nation to tackle both in a workable, common-sense manner, and the framework details just such a plan of action – from endorsing a government price on carbon to carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), methane regulation and more.

Key in the Climate Action Framework is accelerating technologies and innovation, such as CCUS, to support global leaders’ goal of meeting the world’s growing need for energy while also advancing a lower-carbon future. 

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