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Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP)

GHGRP 2012: Refineries

The refinery sector consists of facilities that produce gasoline, gasoline blending stocks, naphtha, kerosene, distillate fuel oils, residual fuel oils, lubricants, or asphalt (bitumen) by the distillation of petroleum or the redistillation, cracking, or reforming of unfinished petroleum derivatives. GHG process emissions from this sector include emissions from venting, flares, and fugitive leaks from equipment (e.g., valves, flanges, pumps). In addition to emissions from petroleum refining processes, the sector includes combustion emissions from stationary combustion units located at these facilities. Emissions from hydrogen production plants located at refineries are included in a separate sector, chemical manufacturing. Emissions from industrial waste landfills and industrial wastewater treatment at these facilities are included in the waste sector.

Refineries Sector — Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reported to the GHGRP
(all emissions values presented in million metric tons CO2e)
  2010 2011 2012
Number of facilities: 145 145 144
Total emissions (CO2e): 178 178 173
Emissions by greenhouse gas (CO2e)
• Carbon dioxide (CO2): 177 177 172
• Methane (CH4): 0.7 0.8 0.8
• Nitrous oxide (N2O): 0.5 0.5 0.5
  • Totals may not equal sum of individual GHGs due to independent rounding.
  • CO2 emissions from the combustion of biomass are NOT included in emissions totals provided above.

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