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Natural Gas STAR Program

Methane Challenge Commitment Options

The Methane Challenge Program offers two commitment options for enhanced flexibility. Partners may make commitments under one, or both, options.  

Best Management Practice Commitment Option

The BMP Commitment is intended to spur near-term, widespread implementation of methane mitigation activities across the oil and natural gas value chain, and offers the opportunity for partner companies to demonstrate comprehensive action to address methane emissions from key emitting sources. This option provides flexibility for companies in several ways. Companies may:

  • Focus their commitment on one or more sources
  • Select from BMP mitigation options affiliated with each source
  • Set the target year for company-wide implementation of best practices (within five years of start date), and establish the timeframe for implementation and relevant milestones

More details are available in the Program framework document available on the Join the Methane Challenge Program page.

ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment Option

The ONE Future Commitment offers partner companies flexibility in determining the most cost-effective pathway to achieve their respective segment emission rate. The Commitment supports members of the Our Nation’s Energy Future Coalition (ONE Future) partnership, who have agreed to segment-specific emissions intensity targets that inform a collective goal of reducing methane emissions associated with the production, processing, transmission and distribution of the U.S. onshore natural gas value chain to 1% or less by 2025.

More details are available in the Program framework document available on the Join the Methane Challenge Program page.

Questions?

Contact the Methane Challenge Program Managers for more information:
Sarah Menassian (202-343-9165 or menassian.sarah@epa.gov)
Jerome Blackman (202-343-9630 or blackman.jerome@epa.gov)