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National Grid praises report highlighting the role of natural gas in mitigating climate change

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

National Grid US President, Tom King, has joined the American Gas Association (AGA) in praising the report: ‘Leveraging natural gas to reduce greenhouse gas emissions’; issued jointly by the Center for Climate Change and Energy Solutions and The University of Texas. This report has found that natural gas offers significant opportunities to help address climate change.

King has stated that the National Grid concurs with the findings of the US report; primary among them that natural gas can help efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the short to mid term. According to him, with gas prices expected to remain low for the foreseeable future and with an abundance of domestic supply, natural gas provides a cost effective, low carbon fuel source to aid overall economic growth and curb demand for imported oil.

King praised the report’s authors for their outlook on natural gas and renewable energy sources as complementary components of the power sector and backed their call for the continued development of zero emission energy sources such as wind, nuclear, solar, and carbon capture and storage technologies at fossil fuel plants. The report was also acknowledged as being in alignment with the National Grid’s commitment to better understanding and more accurately measuring greenhouse gas emissions from natural gas production and use.

King additionally commended the report’s call for greater consumer education about the environmental and efficiency benefits of natural gas use through labeling and standards programs and the recommendation to create consumer incentives to use natural gas when emissions reductions are possible.

Adapted from press release by Emma McAleavey.

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