Natural Gas STAR

An Effective Practice

Description

The Natural Gas STAR Program is a flexible, voluntary partnership between EPA and the oil and natural gas industry. Through the Program, EPA works with companies that produce, process, and transmit and distribute natural gas to identify and promote the implementation of cost-effective technologies and practices to reduce emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.

Goal / Mission

Reduce methane emissions from natural gas operations by identifying and promoting the implementation of mitigation technologies and management practices.

Results / Accomplishments

Since the Program began in 1993, Natural Gas STAR partners have eliminated 338 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of methane emissions through the implementation of the Program's core Best Management Practices (BMPs), as well other activities identified by partner companies. This is the equivalent of removing more than 30 million cars from the road for one year or planting more than 41 million acres of trees. At the same time, these companies have saved over a $1 billion by keeping more gas in their systems for sale in the market.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
Roger Fernandez
US EPA Natural Gas STAR Program
MC 6207J
1200 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 343-9386
fernandez.roger@epa.gov
http://www.epa.gov/gasstar/
Categories
Environment / Air
Environment / Energy & Sustainability
Environment / Weather & Global Warming
Organization(s)
US Environmental Protection Agency
Date of publication
2006
Date of implementation
1993
Location
USA
Additional Audience
Natural Gas Operations

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