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Opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry

Abstract

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Gas Research Institute (GRI) cofunded a project to quantify methane (CH{sub 4}) emissions from the U.S. natural gas industry. Methane, the major constituent of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is believed to increase the effect of global warming when released to the atmosphere. Reducing emissions from natural gas systems would lessen the greenhouse gas effect attributable to atmospheric CH{sub 4}. Further, mitigation methods to reduce emissions of natural gas, a marketable resource, could save money and increase energy efficiency. This presentation summarizes the major sources and quantity of methane being emitted to the atmosphere for all segments of the U.S. gas industry: production; processing; storage; transmission; and distribution. A description of how those emissions were determined is included here, as well as a discussion of which sources are potential candidates for reducing emissions. (author)
Authors:
Cowgill, R M [1] 
  1. Radian Corporation, Austin, TX (United States)
Publication Date:
Dec 31, 1995
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
NEI-FI-290-Vol.3; CONF-9505322-Vol.3
Reference Number:
SCA: 030800; 540120; PA: FI-96:003586; EDB-96:133929; SN: 96001645575
Resource Relation:
Conference: 10. world clean air congress, Espoo (Finland), 28 May - 2 Jun 1995; Other Information: DN: Sponsored by the International Union of Air Pollution Prevention and Environmental Protection Associations (UIAPPA) and hosted by the Finnish Air Pollution Prevention Society (FAPPS); PBD: 1995; Related Information: Is Part Of Proceedings of the 10th world clean air congress. Atmospheric pollution; Anttila, P.; Kaemaeri, J.; Tolvanen, M. [eds.]; PB: 632 p.
Subject:
03 NATURAL GAS; 54 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES; NATURAL GAS INDUSTRY; METHANE; AIR POLLUTION MONITORING; USA; AIR POLLUTION ABATEMENT
OSTI ID:
283492
Research Organizations:
Finnish Air Pollution Prevention Society, Helsinki (Finland)
Country of Origin:
Finland
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ON: DE96777170; ISBN 952-90-6474-8; TRN: FI9603586
Availability:
OSTI as DE96777170
Submitting Site:
FI
Size:
pp. [4]
Announcement Date:

Citation Formats

Cowgill, R M. Opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry. Finland: N. p., 1995. Web.
Cowgill, R M. Opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry. Finland.
Cowgill, R M. 1995. "Opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry." Finland.
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title = {Opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the natural gas industry}
author = {Cowgill, R M}
abstractNote = {The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Gas Research Institute (GRI) cofunded a project to quantify methane (CH{sub 4}) emissions from the U.S. natural gas industry. Methane, the major constituent of natural gas, is a potent greenhouse gas that is believed to increase the effect of global warming when released to the atmosphere. Reducing emissions from natural gas systems would lessen the greenhouse gas effect attributable to atmospheric CH{sub 4}. Further, mitigation methods to reduce emissions of natural gas, a marketable resource, could save money and increase energy efficiency. This presentation summarizes the major sources and quantity of methane being emitted to the atmosphere for all segments of the U.S. gas industry: production; processing; storage; transmission; and distribution. A description of how those emissions were determined is included here, as well as a discussion of which sources are potential candidates for reducing emissions. (author)}
place = {Finland}
year = {1995}
month = {Dec}
}