Energy and environment

Effectively managing methane emissions

Natural gas is a versatile fuel, capable of powering utilities, homes and transportation. It also emits significantly fewer pollutants than coal power generation, including NOx, SOx, particulates, mercury, and up to 60 percent fewer GHGs. As confirmed by the International Energy Agency, methane emissions do not negate the substantial climate change benefits of natural gas versus coal, but mitigating emissions can further enhance those benefits. This is a key component of ExxonMobil’s approach to developing future energy technology. The company continues to implement cost-effective methods to reduce methane and other hydrocarbon emissions in our operations.

Taking action

Enhancing a program to reduce methane emissions

ExxonMobil subsidiary XTO Energy recently expanded its methane emissions reduction initiative and signed onto the Environmental Partnership, a new industry program to reduce emissions from natural gas and oil production.

ExxonMobil has a long track record of understanding and managing its methane emissions from unconventional resources development, including hydraulic fracturing. These efforts include regulatory compliance, voluntary actions, and research conducted with academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and government agencies.

7M CO2-equivalent tonnes

of methane emissions in 2017, which is similar to our performance over the past several years

6%

of our direct greenhouse gas emissions are methane
Our comprehensive initiative is underscored by a technology research and testing effort, and includes personnel training, equipment phaseout and facility design improvements.
Sarah Ortwein
Sara Ortwein

XTO President

All articles about methane emissions reduction

Reducing methane emissions by leveraging terabytes ExxonMobil is working to find new and better ways to monitor and reduce methane emissions through a new collaboration involving universities, environmental groups and other industry partners. Called Project Astra, the effort is focused on developing an innovative sensor network to continuously monitor methane emissions across large areas to enable quick and efficient detection and repair of leaks.

Methane reduction Energy Factor May 19, 2020

Using new technologies to reduce methane emissions  Reducing methane emissions in oil and gas operations is an important way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Advances in technology can help detect and identify the sources, and improve the ability to respond quickly.

Methane reduction Energy Factor April 9, 2020

Oil and Gas Climate Initiative sets first collective methane target for member companies The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) today announced a target to reduce by 2025 the collective average methane intensity of its aggregated upstream gas and oil operations by one fifth to below 0.25 percent, with the ambition to achieve 0.20 percent, corresponding to a reduction by one third.

Methane reduction Sept. 24, 2018

ExxonMobil to join Oil and Gas Climate Initiative IRVING, Texas — ExxonMobil today said it will join the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), a voluntary initiative representing 13 of the world’s largest oil and gas producers working collaboratively toward solutions to mitigate the risks of climate change.

Newsroom News Sept. 20, 2018

Working together to tackle climate risks There’s no single solution for addressing the risks of climate change. Similarly, there’s no one entity or organization capable of handling this challenge on its own. In part, that’s why we’re joining the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative.

Climate change Blog Sept. 20, 2018