Reducing methane emissions in the USA


Chevron continues to grow its commitment to reducing emissions and established two equity-based performance measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions intensity from 2016 to 2023: a 25-30% flaring intensity reduction and a 20-25% methane emissions intensity reduction.

Through its Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) programme, Chevron uses prior experience to drive a continuous learning process. In some areas, Integrated Operations Centers are used with systems that remotely detect leaks and losses from equipment.

In addition, Chevron has removed or retrofitted all continuous high-bleed pneumatic controllers from its onshore US facilities and now uses low-emitting or non-continuous-bleed technologies to reduce emissions. Where electricity is available, electric and air-driven controllers and pumps are used, which do not emit methane when actuated.

Chevron has piloted several emerging technologies and remains encouraged that more effective and efficient tools will improve LDAR performance in the future. In addition to proprietary testing, Chevron serves on the Industrial Advisory Board of the Methane Emissions Technology Evaluation Center, which tests emerging methane-sensing technologies and evaluates their performance.

Chevron is leveraging its experience in methane emissions reduction to contribute to OGCI’s collective progress in its methane intensity target.


What member companies are doing

Learn more about our member companies’ work to reduce carbon emissions.

Saudi Aramco – Getting results with leak detection and repair

Throughout 2018, Saudi Aramco implemented a comprehensive leak detection and repair (LDAR) programme, enabling further reductions in emissions through the identification and mitigation of fugitive leaks.

ExxonMobil – Methane management in unconventional operations

ExxonMobil is progressing a comprehensive methane management programme which is on track to meet its goal of reducing methane emissions by 15% in 2020, compared to 2016.

Repsol – New generation membrane technology reduces emissions

Repsol has introduced a comprehensive set of internal metrics, targets and action plans to ensure meaningful progress towards climate change mitigation.