EPA’s Voluntary Methane Programs for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
We encourage oil and natural gas companies to adopt cost-effective technologies and practices that improve operational efficiency and reduce methane emissions.
Learn about the ambitious commitments Partners are making through the Methane Challenge Program
Natural Gas STAR
Learn about over 25 years of methane reductions and technology transfer through the Natural Gas STAR Program
Recommended TechnologiesView recommended technologies to mitigate methane emissions
Technical PresentationsView technical presentations from Natural Gas STAR and Methane Challenge events
VideosView videos about oil and gas methane emissions
Outreach and Events
Oil & Gas Industry
Renewable Natural GasLearn more about RNG and its various uses and benefits.
Why Focus on Methane?
- Methane is a potent greenhouse gas 25 times more powerful than CO2 in trapping heat in the atmosphere over a 100-year period.
- Methane is a primary constituent of natural gas, an important energy source.
- Taking steps to reduce methane emissions reduces operational risk, increases efficiency, and demonstrates company concern for the environment, with benefits spanning from climate change to air quality improvements.
To learn more about methane, visit EPA's Overview of Greenhouse Gases page. For more information about methane emissions in the natural gas industry, see the Annual Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks sections on Natural Gas Systems.