Reducing Methane Emissions
Methane is the primary component of natural gas. The energy industry works hard to limit methane emissions, not only for environmental reasons, but also to capture more of the gas for sale.
ExxonMobil is one of the world’s leading natural gas producers and marketers. Therefore, it is important to limit methane emissions from the natural gas value chain, in order to maintain comparative benefits over other energy sources.
We continue to test ideas we hope will result in additional innovations, introduce new and better equipment, and improve how we design facilities.
- Methane emissions in the United States have plunged in recent years, even as natural gas production has soared.
- Natural gas produces roughly half the greenhouse gas emissions as coal when used for large-scale electricity generation, and also fewer emissions of sulfur dioxide, mercury and other air pollutants.
- The increased use of natural gas in power generation is one of the leading reasons why U.S. greenhouse gas emissions are at their lowest levels in decades.
- ExxonMobil has implemented several voluntary measures to reduce methane emissions from our production and midstream facilities across the United States.