Work to Reduce Methane Emissions
Over three decades ago Roanoke Gas Company recognized the importance of replacing older bare steel and cast iron piping to make its distribution system safer, more reliable and more environmentally friendly by the reduction in methane emissions that would be realized. In 1991, Roanoke Gas embarked on a 25 year program that replaced all bare steel and cast iron mains and services in its distribution network. The Company completed this replacement in 2016, totaling over 200 miles of main and 8,500 services. This dramatically reduced greenhouse gas emissions while improving safety and reliability.
As a testament to our commitment to further reduce methane emissions, the Company joined the ONE Future Coalition. The ONE Future Coalition is a group of natural gas companies working together to voluntarily reduce methane emissions across the natural gas value chain to 1% (or less) by 2025 and is comprised of some of the largest natural gas production, gathering and boosting, processing, transmission and storage, and distribution companies in the U.S. these companies represent more than 20% of the U.S. natural gas value chain. As a ONE Future member, Roanoke Gas annually reports its methane results within the Distribution sector and holds a seat on the board of directors. Through the efforts of coalition members, ONE Future has surpassed its one percent goal in each of the three years that it has reported its methane reduction.
Click to read the Coalition’s 2021 Methane Intensity Report.