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



  • 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.