Through the Methane Challenge, oil and natural gas companies make and track commitments to reduce their methane emissions. The program helps partners demonstrate their efforts to improve air quality, save energy and increase operational efficiencies. The Methane Challenge is part of the Obama administration’s strategy to reduce methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent between 2012 and 2025.
Peoples Gas will meet the EPA’s Methane Challenge by replacing cast and ductile iron natural gas mains with modern polyethylene pipes. The EPA estimates older iron pipes leak at a rate 24 times higher than polyethylene pipes, so replacing them can significantly reduce methane emissions. Through the Methane Challenge, Peoples Gas has committed to replace its remaining iron natural gas mains at an annual rate of at least 2 percent for the next five years.