US Natural Gas STAR program success points to global opportunities to cut methane emissions cost-effectively

The production, processing, transmission, and distribution of natural gas worldwide releases as much as 88 billion cu m (bcm) of methane to the atmosphere annually.1Because methane is both the primary constituent of natural gas and a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) when released to the atmosphere, reducing vented and fugitive emissions along the supply chain from wellhead to burner tip can yield substantial economic and environmental benefits.To the extent that cost-effective emissions reduction opportunities are available, it is in the best interest of industry to avoid product losses by instituting technologies and practices that can both reduce methane emissions and increase corporate reve...

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