Oct 26, 2021
Protect and grow: The future of natural gas is renewable
INGEVITY IN THE NEWS
As the focus on achieving environmental and sustainability goals tightens across the globe, natural gas is uniquely suited to add value. Known as a low-cost, reliable, cleaner energy alternative for commercial, residential and transportation industries, renewable natural gas is a readily available solution to drive long-term growth for the natural gas industry.
The evolution of public policy to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions has posed significant challenges to the traditional natural gas utility infrastructure, impacting transportation and non-transportation industries served by municipally owned natural gas utilities. As cities such as Berkeley, California, and Seattle, Washington, impose increasing restrictions on the installation of natural gas in new commercial and apartment buildings in an effort to transition away from gas, the industry has an opportunity to reposition itself as a viable player in the sustainable energy market.
Significant opportunity exists to respond to changes in public policy by embracing a “protect and grow” orientation with renewables, especially with renewable natural gas (RNG). RNG has one of the most impactful sustainability profiles by capturing and processing naturally occurring methane from agricultural, wastewater and landfill facilities. RNG is one of the few viable zero– or negative–carbon intensity fuels that is cost effective, and its use is well-suited to be leveraged by the distribution of the natural gas utility infrastructure. Read more…