Natural gas is an extremely important source of energy for reducing pollution and maintaining a clean and healthy environment. In addition to being a domestically abundant and secure source of energy, the use of natural gas also offers a number of environmental benefits over other sources of energy.
Some environmental benefits of using natural gas are:
- natural gas produces 25 percent less CO2 emissions than oil and 50 percent less CO2 emissions than coal
- particulates from natural gas production are 90 percent lower than oil and 99 percent lower than coal combustion
- natural gas does not contribute significantly to smog formation because it emits low levels of nitrogen oxides, and virtually no particulates when used as a transportation fuel
- in comparison to oil and coal, natural gas releases very small amounts of sulphur dioxide and nitrogen oxides, and lower levels of carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and other reactive hydrocarbons throughout the combustion process
- by shifting only 25 percent of current energy use to natural gas from coal, Canada and the U.S. could achieve their national emissions reductions targets