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Protecting and improving the environment is a top priority for natural gas and pipeline companies.  INGAA’s members deliver clean, abundant, affordable natural gas throughout North America. Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel. As demand for energy increases, expanded use of natural gas can help improve air quality across the country, especially when used to replace more polluting energy sources. Compared with other primary energy sources, natural gas emits significantly fewer pollutants that threaten our planet – and the natural gas industry continues to invest in even cleaner-burning technologies. Natural gas pipelines make these environmental benefits possible.

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  • Importance of Natural Gas in the Climate Debate Natural gas is playing a critical role in reducing U.S. and global greenhouse gas emissions. Natural gas is the cleanest burning of all fossil fuels, emitting about half the carbon dioxide per unit of energy as coal when burned.
  • Greenhouse gas emissions There are two major sources of greenhouse gas emissions – carbon dioxide and methane. Carbon dioxide is by far the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions.
  • What INGAA members are doing to reduce methane emissions INGAA will work with research groups to create a roadmap for developing technological innovations, including better leak-quantification tools and cost-effective mitigation, which have the potential to make DI&M even more effective.
  • Voluntary Methane Emissions Programs and Initiatives Minimizing methane emissions remains a top priority for INGAA member companies. Many INGAA members participate in voluntary programs and initiatives focused on minimizing methane emissions, communication and collaboration across the natural gas value chain, and driving new and innovative technologies and processes.
  • INGAA Supports Prudent Natural Gas Development INGAA supports the prudent development of natural gas, which not only is the cleanest fossil fuel, but also is helping to support development of renewable fuels because natural gas can provide fast-ramping generation for times when renewable sources are unavailable.