Supporting the global trend of net zero commitments with verifiable data.

The Clean Gas Council’s cloud-based tool and formulation starts with Government mandated published information.  It is based on a single point in time data source for a broad resource and ends with real-time monitoring of emissions at the facility level across the globe.

It provides an innovative pathway to verifiable emissions data for the gas industry that is available to the public.

 

“Our climate challenge is an energy challenge. Many countries have set ambitious net-zero targets for 2050, but a major shift is now needed to bring about meaningful action to reach these targets.”
International Energy Agency: The Energy Mix, 18 January 2020

How we do it

Data and measurements

Not all gas is equal, different fields and different transportation methods release varying emissions. And not all emissions reporting is consistent – the majority of emissions reports show the larger the producer, the more emissions they tend to have. However, there can be a large variation in the emissions intensity, which is how much pollution is produced per unit of energy.

Analysis and publications

 The Clean Gas Council publications are easy-to-read, providing clear and concise information in a language you can understand. They have been designed to make it easier for consumers to make smarter decisions to help reduce emissions. The Clean Gas Council is initially developing a pilot using data on the extraction, processing and transportation of Australian natural gas.

 

The International Energy Agency (IEA)

Carbon circular economy 

As we work towards reducing emissions we need to focus on all aspects of the carbon cycle.

The work of the Clean Gas Council serves to highlight the emissions associated with the extraction, processing and transportation of gas.

Measuring emissions

Greenhouse gas emissions are generally measured as tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalence (tCO2e).

This means that the amount of a greenhouse gas emitted is measured as an equivalent amount of carbon dioxide which has a global warming potential of one.

The greenhouse gases (tCO2e) measured for the Clean Gas Council Australian pilot will be the same as those that are reported under the Australia National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Scheme:

carbon dioxide (CO2)

methane (CH4)

nitrous oxide (N2O)

sulphur hexafluoride (SF6)

specified kinds of hydro fluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons

As they are done on a total basis, the majority of emissions reports show the larger the producer, the more emissions they tend to have. However, there can be a large variation in the emissions intensity, which is how much pollution is produced per unit of energy.

The Clean Gas Council will make it easier to compare gas from different fields by measuring emissions per terajoule.

In more technical terms the, categorisation of tCO2e emissions used by the CGC will be in tonnes per terajoule (tCO2e/TJ) (or kilograms per gigajoule (kgCO2e/GJ).  

Clean Gas is gas that has been extracted, processed and transported with net zero emissions. The emissions related to this part of the gas lifecycle are also known as Scope 1 and 2 emissions.

Temporal data will be tracked to enable analysis of trends, including the impact of remediation activities as producers work towards a net zero future.

“All fossil fuels cause carbon pollution and contribute to climate change, but when measured in tonnes of pollution per unit of energy produced (emissions intensity), some fuel sources and projects are far more polluting than others.”
CCWA & Clean State Report: Burrup Hub: Australia’s most polluting fossil fuel project, p8

Trust in reporting

The Clean Gas Council is committed to ensuring all of its reports are written impartially and factually. Our pilot will be delivered using an existing trusted emissions reporting tool developed by the Wood group, ENVision, to capture the emissions data. 

Using the NGER definitions, Scope 1 emissions (direct greenhouse gas emissions) and Scope 2 emissions (indirect consumption of an energy commodity emissions) will be included in the pilot as these are specified under the NGER legislation and are already reported. 

Both Scope 1 and 2 emissions include the drilling and extraction of natural gas from wells plus its processing and transportation, either in pipelines or shipped as LNG. 

Scope 3 emissions  are generated in the wider economy and are a function of how gas is consumed. These emissions are not reported under the NGER Scheme and are excluded from this initial reporting exercise.

Equivalence of different gas emissions and their relative impact on the warming of the plant will be made in line with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 2019 guidelines as the IPCC is the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. 

To ensure more consistent emissions and offset estimates for the pilot, Clean Gas Council publications will be initially aligned with existing IPCC reporting requirements and the Australian national registry of emissions units, meeting the standards set by Australia’s national statistical agencies.

Analysis and publications

Australian National Clean Gas Pilot

The Clean Gas Council will deliver the Australian National Clean Gas Report as our pilot publication. It will be the authoritative guide to the Australian gas market’s emission reduction efforts in the extraction, processing and transportation of natural gas. 

Consistent measurement of emissions enables reliable comparisons of progress towards a net zero future. The Report also uses non-technical language to reach wider audiences and facilitate better decision making. 

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