Business leaders don’t make decisions in a vacuum – they need strong data and analysis to make the business case for actions to reduce environmental impacts. That’s why EDF has developed multiple groundbreaking reports on the oil and gas sector, to bring to light the business benefits and cost-effectiveness of curbing methane emissions. Reducing how much methane is lost to the air supports good-paying jobs across the U.S., reduces waste and keeps harmful pollution from doing damage to our climate and communities.

An emerging industry sector keeping natural gas in the pipeline

In addition, EDF has commissioned several research studies showing that tackling methane emissions not only produces cleaner air, but creates high-quality jobs in a growing domestic manufacturing and service sector.

Leak Detection and Repair

Research released by Datu Research in April 2017 offers an inside look at the methane leak detection and repair (LDAR) industry – a growing field of 60 service providers that utilize technology to identify and repair leaking equipment at industrial oil and gas facilities.

Research found that the LDAR industry offers well-paying employment opportunities in 45 states across the country that cannot be offshored, saves money by minimizing waste and keeping otherwise lost product in the pipe, and reduces emissions of a highly potent greenhouse gas along with other co-pollutants, thereby contributing to cleaner air for communities.

Download the 2017 report, Find & Fix: Job Creation in the Emerging Leak Detection & Repair icon-all-publicationsIndustry

Methane Mitigation Technology

The 2014 report by Datu Consulting identifies 76 companies nationwide that manufacture, sell and support the proven and cost-effective methane control technologies that are available today to tackle emissions.

Download the 2014 report, The Emerging U.S. Methane Mitigation Industry

Many companies stand ready to provide the innovative technologies necessary to reduce methane emissions. As this industry grows, so will opportunities for well-paid, highly-skilled engineering, electrician and machinist jobs.

Cost-effective solutions, available today

To better understand the business case for methane emission reduction opportunities across the oil and gas industry, EDF commissioned global consultancy ICF International to look at the economics of those measures, from upstream production to downstream distribution.

Based on data and input from experts across the oil and gas sector, reports covering the U.S., Canada and Mexico all show that the oil and gas industry in all three countries can significantly and cost-effectively reduce 40-45% emissions of methane using currently available, cost-effective technologies and operating practices, for pennies or less per thousand cubic feet of gas produced.

In addition, the studies show that 90 percent of emissions over the next five years will come from sources in operation today – as opposed to new sources – and the potential for reducing emissions is above and beyond what is already under current regulatory and projected voluntary efforts through 2020.

Download our reports on the costs and benefits of reducing methane emissions:

icon-all-publicationsUnited States – Economic analysis of methane emission reduction opportunities in the U.S. onshore oil and natural gas industries

icon-all-publicationsCanada – Economic analysis of methane emission reduction opportunities in the Canadian oil and natural gas industries

icon-all-publicationsMexico – Economic analysis of methane emission reduction opportunities in the Mexican oil and natural gas industries