EPA’s Voluntary Methane Programs for the Oil and Natural Gas Industry
Learn about the new, 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
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 Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks: 1990-2018 sections on Natural Gas Systems.