Reduced Emissions

No other source of energy has been responsible for more CO2 reductions over the past 15 years in the United States than natural gas. Natural gas provides a solution to growing concerns about climate change and the future of our planet.

Natural gas plays a vital role in reducing U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and improving air quality. Natural gas is an essential partner to renewable energy that provides a backup energy supply when needed—allowing the grid to integrate more wind and solar energy while preserving reliability.

Quick Facts:

  • Natural gas has slashed CO2 emissions from the electric power sector by nearly 5 million metric tons (MMT) since 2006—the equivalent of taking 1.1 million cars off the road for one year. (EIA, EPA)
  • Roughly 40 percent of American electricity is now generated by natural gas (EIA). This shift has largely replaced older coal-fired power plants with cleaner-burning gas plants. (EIA)