White paper

Certified gas: the past, present and future

The shale gas revolution permanently changed the trajectory of not just North American energy production trends, but also several states’ economies, global geopolitics and the continent’s carbon dioxide emissions. Low gas prices relative to coal catalyzed a reduction of about 35% in US power sector carbon dioxide emissions since 2007. Now, North American coal-fired generation is in permanent decline, and growth markets for North American gas mostly target global consumers either directly via liquefied natural gas (LNG) or indirectly via gas-intensive industries

These beyond-the-fenceline measurements see only perhaps the largest 5%-10% of the emissions distribution—enough to quantify the reported versus actual emissions gap, but not enough to be statistically representative at an operator level. To address this credibility gap and to reinforce their social license to operate,operators have pursued a variety of voluntary initiatives and certification programs to improve their environmental footprint and differentiate themselves relative to competitors. But we often hear that operators struggle to make sense of a myriad of programs and that gas buyers question how best to decarbonize their supply chains efficiently and effectively. In this whitepaper, Rystad Energy addresses these questions. Get your copy.