GHG Emissions - August 26, 2020
Williams sets goal for 56% emissions reduction
Williams announced Aug. 26 their new target to reduce absolute greenhouse gas emissions company-wide by 56% before 2030 from a 2005 baseline.
The natural gas company is pursuing this target with the goal of being net-zero by 2050 and plans to reach that goal through a combination of emissions reduction, scaling of renewables and building a clean energy economy. To achieve the 56% reductions target, Williams intends to pursue methane emissions reduction strategies like leak detection and repair, work practice improvements and evaluating equipment upgrades.
“As one of the largest energy infrastructure companies in the U.S., we see firsthand the important role natural gas plays today in a viable and sustainable low-carbon future, and we know that natural gas is critical to addressing climate change. It creates a practical and affordable solution for immediately reducing emissions both here and around the world. It also is key to maintaining reliability and enabling scaled use of renewable energy,” Alan Armstrong, president and chief executive officer at Williams, said in a statement. “With our climate commitment encompassing both near- and long-term targets, we hope to challenge others to establish similar goals based on what we can reduce right here, right now – while also supporting the development of emerging technologies that will ultimately contribute to our aspiration to be net-zero by 2050.”
Williams is also pursuing renewable energy opportunities like renewable natural gas and solar energy. They currently partner with energy companies in Washington, Idaho, Ohio and Texas to convert methane emissions from landfills or dairy farms as biogas to create RNG. They plan to continue pursuing technologies in carbon capture, synthetic gas and hydrogen for use as a fuel source.
Currently, $400 million is being put into solar projects across nine states to begin providing power to Williams’ operations in late 2021.