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Enhanced Voluntary Efforts in the Oil and Gas Sector

What EPA Is Doing

In support of the Administration's Climate Action Plan (PDF) and Methane Strategy (PDF), EPA is developing a new partnership program in the oil and gas sector. This program will build on the successful Natural Gas STAR program to:

  • Encourage innovation and ambitious commitments with flexible achievement mechanisms
  • Provide accountability and transparency for reduction commitments
  • Track progress toward specific methane emission reduction activities
  • Achieve significant methane reductions that could reduce the need for future regulations

EPA is engaging stakeholders to develop a framework that incorporates the efforts of the One Future Initiative, the Downstream Initiative, and other companies and groups. EPA plans to launch the enhanced program later in 2015.

Learn more about EPA's efforts to expand on the success of the Natural Gas STAR program »

Tell Us What You Think

EPA has conducted broad stakeholder outreach on an enhanced voluntary program, and received extensive input on an earlier proposal called “Gas Star Gold.” EPA will continue to seek stakeholder feedback on a new, more flexible approach, which will be announced this spring. If you are interested in discussing the proposed program with EPA, please contact Carey Bylin at (202) 343-9669 or by email at bylin.carey@epa.gov.

January 14, 2015 — Administration Takes Steps Forward on Climate Action Plan by Announcing Actions to Cut Methane Emissions

The Administration announces a new goal to cut methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40-45 percent from 2012 levels by 2025. Building on prior actions by the Administration, and leadership in the States and industry, these series of steps encompass both commonsense standards and cooperative engagement with states, tribes and industry to put the U.S. on a path toward the 2025 goal.

Several voluntary industry efforts to address these sources are underway, including EPA’s plans to expand on the successful Natural Gas STAR Program by launching a new partnership in collaboration with key stakeholders later in 2015. EPA will work with DOE, DOT and leading companies, individually and through broader initiatives to develop and verify robust commitments to reduce methane emissions.

The following fact sheets provide more information about the goals to cut methane emissions:

Proposed Schedule

Collection of stakeholder feedback
Stakeholder meetings upon request

Spring 2015
Release of proposed program plan

Spring/Summer 2015
Collection of feedback about the proposed program

Summer 2015
Finalization of enhanced voluntary program

Fall 2015
Launch of new program with founding partner companies

Natural Gas STAR

EPA plans to continue the core Natural Gas STAR Program and will continue to work with our Natural Gas STAR Partners to achieve methane emission reductions.

Visit the Natural Gas STAR site

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