STAR partners save $126 million via gas emissions cuts

Industry participants in the US Environmental Protection Agency's Natural Gas STAR program reduced methane emissions from equipment leaks and unit operations by 42 bcf in 2001, saving about $126 million, EPA said. The amount saved is based on a gas value of $3/Mcf. EPA said the program surpassed the partners' 2001 goal of reducing emissions by 40 bcf.In 2000, the participants had generated a savings of $102 million, reducing emissions by 34 bcf. US natural gas systems emitted a total of 288 bcf of methane in 2000, according to EPA's latest published inventory of greenhouse gas emissions. Without the reductions achieved by Gas STAR partners, those emissions would have been almo...

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