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U.S. leads in CO2 emissions reductions

At Williams, we’re proud of our role in bringing clean natural gas to communities across the country. And, we’re making a difference in the overall reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, as shown in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recent article.

The article states that global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions were flat for a third straight year in 2016 even as the global economy grew.

“The biggest drop came from the United States, where carbon dioxide emissions fell 3%…while the economy grew by 1.6%. The decline was driven by a surge in shale gas supplies and more attractive renewable power that displaced coal,” the article says.

“These three years of flat emissions in a growing global economy signal an emerging trend and that is certainly a cause for optimism, even if it is too soon to say that global emissions have definitely peaked,” said Dr. Fatih Birol, the IEA’s executive director. “They are also a sign that market dynamics and technological improvements matter. This is especially true in the United States, where abundant shale gas supplies have become a cheap power source.”

To read the full article on the IEA website, click here.

With major positions in top U.S. supply basins, Williams Partners owns and operates more than 33,000 miles of pipelines system wide – including the nation’s largest volume and fastest growing pipeline – providing natural gas for clean-power generation, heating and industrial use. Our operations touch approximately 30 percent of U.S. natural gas.