Methane emissions reduction and enabling technologies
Our commitment to reducing our methane emissions
Natural gas production and methane emissions
What we're doing to help reduce our methane emissions
Technology solutions are essential in addressing climate change, including methane emissions
Policy and regulationSupport for federal regulations can help accelerate industry initiatives to reduce methane emissionsLearn more
Natural gas certification
Certifying natural gas to help validate methane emissions reductions
AIMING FOR ZERO METHANE EMISSIONS
Methane has met its match
Reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Natural gas emits up to 60% less greenhouse gases and significantly fewer air pollutants than coal, but unintended methane leaks can make their way into the atmosphere during the production, storage and transportation of oil and gas.
Reducing methane emissions constitutes a key part of our “Net Zero by 2050” greenhouse gas emission ambition, as detailed in our Advancing Climate Solutions Progress Report . In the Permian Basin that spans southeast New Mexico and West Texas, we have laid out a roadmap to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions (Scope 1 & 2) by 2030; our ambition is to bring all operated oil and gas assets to net zero by 2050. As part of this roadmap, we’re undertaking efforts to reduce methane emissions from our Permian unconventional operations by deploying the latest technologies, upgrading equipment and facilities, and investing in best practices. These efforts are being validated by an independent third-party in a pilot certification program at a portion of our Permian Basin facilities in New Mexico. Achieving net-zero emissions in the Permian Basin will be a major contributor to the Company’s efforts to support a lower-emission future. Permian unconventional assets account for more than 40% of ExxonMobil’s net U.S. oil and natural gas production.