Sempra Energy signals commitment to cutting methane emissions

US-based energy infrastructure provider Sempra Energy, one of the biggest players in the North American natural gas and LNG sectors, has joined the Our Nation’s Energy Future (ONE Future) coalition.

ONE Future members aim to collectively achieve a ‘science-based average rate of methane emissions across their facilities equivalent to 1% (or less) of total natural gas production’.

In a statement issued yesterday (27 January), Sharon Tomkins, vice president of sustainability for Sempra Energy, commented: ‘As we work to mitigate methane emissions across the Sempra family of companies, we look forward to engaging with ONE Future and other member companies to identify and implement innovative solutions to help address some of our industry’s toughest challenges.

‘These efforts will help further our goals to deliver sustainable value and enable the delivery of affordable, lower-carbon energy to millions of consumers.’

ONE Future set up in 2014 with seven founder member companies. It now has 36 members which include some of the largest natural gas producers, transmission, and distribution companies in the US.

Earlier this month, the International Energy Agency warned that there had been a strong resurgence in methane emissions from global oil and gas production.

The IEA analysis indicates that a large part of the drop in methane emissions in 2020 occurred not because companies were taking more care to avoid methane leaks from their operations, but simply because they were producing less oil and gas. Consequently, the IEA warned that there could a ‘methane emissions spike’ when production increases to meet the post-COVID rebound in global economic activity.

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Ian Taylor

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