Full Title: U.S Natural Gas Infrastructure
Author(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publisher(s): Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Publication Date: 10/2012
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- There are more than 2.3 million miles of natural gas infrastructure in the United States in the form of gathering, transmission, and distribution pipelines.
- Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from natural gas infrastructure totaled 72.3 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) in 2010, 1.06 percent of total U.S. emissions.
- Natural gas infrastructure can reduce emissions directly, through lower emissions from equipment and leaks, or indirectly, by providing natural gas access to consumers to replace of higher-emitting fuels, such as coal, petroleum, and home-heating oil.
- In order to leverage natural gas to reduce GHG emissions, natural gas must be accessible where it can have the most impact for fuel switching and electricity replacement.
- Natural gas infrastructure includes long-lived capital assets and expanded deployment faces significant financial, environmental, pipeline location siting, and regulatory.