Dominion Energy announces initiative to decrease methane emissions by 50%

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Dominion Energy has announced an initiative to reduce methane emissions from its natural gas infrastructure by 50% over the next decade.

This initiative was announced on Tuesday and hopes to cut methane emissions from Dominion’s natural gas infrastructure in half, based on 2010 levels, Dominion Energy said. In a press release, Dominion energy said they hope to reach this milestone by 2030.

The primary focus of the initiative is reducing or eliminating gas venting from maintenance to keep methane in the system and out of the atmosphere. Dominion Energy said the initiative would prevent over 430,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere, the equivalent to taking 2.3 million cars off the road for a year or planting 180 million trees.

Dominion Energy said they are using innovative technologies to capture, recycle and reuse methane in other parts of the system.

This initiative is building on Dominion Energy’s previous progress on methane reduction over the last decade, which has prevented more than 180,000 metric tons of methane from entering the atmosphere. Additionally, the new initiative is building on the 50% reduction in carbon emissions Dominion Energy has achieved across its electric fleet since 2000, and the advances they have made with renewable energy. 

“We recognize we need to do more to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to further combat climate change,” said Diane Leopold, President and CEO of Dominion Energy’s Gas Infrastructure Group. “We’ve made significant progress, but we’re determined to go much further. With this initiative, we are transforming the way we do business to build a more sustainable future for the planet, our customers, and our industry.”

For more information on this initiative, read the full release here.

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