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 greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). As recognized by the International Energy Agency and others, natural gas provides substantial air pollution and GHG benefits compared with coal, and can play a vital role in contributing to a sustainable energy mix. The IEA notes that addressing methane emissions across the value chain can further improve this strong environmental and sustainability profile.

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.

All articles about methane emissions reduction

How ExxonMobil is reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Our 2025 emission-reduction plans Before 2020 ended, ExxonMobil announced plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its operations over the next five years.

Methane reduction Energy Factor Feb. 26, 2021

Reducing natural gas flaring At a recent meeting of the Texas Railroad Commission, the Texas Methane Flaring Coalition laid out a series of best-practice recommendations for industry and regulators to consider as we all move toward a goal of zero routine flaring in the Permian Basin.

Methane reduction Blog June 29, 2020

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

A framework for regulatory progress on methane reductions Leading ExxonMobil’s unconventional resource development business has provided the opportunity to see how our employees reacted when they received a signal that reducing methane emissions is important. Our performance has exceeded all expectations, and we are confident similar results can be achieved across our industry.

Methane reduction Blog March 3, 2020