Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc. Methane Challenge Partner Profile
Natural Gas STAR Partner Since 1994 | Methane Challenge Partner Since 2016
Learn more about Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc.'s progress towards meeting its commitments to implement methane-reducing technologies and practices related to these emission sources:
Background Information: Information submitted by Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc., including its full dataset, can be found on its document page. This page includes the following documents:
- Methane Challenge Implementation Plan
- Historical Actions Fact Sheet (this fact sheet was developed by the company and represents the company's historic efforts to voluntarily reduce methane emissions before joining the Methane Challenge Program)
- Methane Challenge Reported Data
Learn more about emissions from distribution mains, available options to mitigate emissions, and what the BMP Commitment for distribution mains entails.
|Year||Replacement Rate (%)||Target Rate and Year (%)|
|Commitment Details||Company Selection|
|Target Replacement Rate:||5%|
|Current Replacement Rate:||7.71%|
Graph shows: The blue bars show Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc.’s annual cast iron and unprotected steel mains replacement rate. The green star indicates its 2021 target annual replacement rate (5%). Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc. has implemented this commitment by replacing cast iron and unprotected steel mains with plastic and protected steel and retiring cast iron and unprotected steel mains without replacement.
Learn more about emissions from excavation damages, available options to mitigate emissions, and what the BMP Commitment for excavation damages entails.
|Year||Reporting Rate (%)||Target Rate and Year (%)|
|Commitment Details||Company Selection|
|Target Reporting Rate:||100%|
|Current Reporting Rate:||100%|
Graph shows: The blue bars show Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc.’s annual progress towards reporting on all Excavation Damages data elements. The green star indicates its 2021 target annual rate (100%).
Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc. is a subsidiary of NiSource, Inc.. Emissions reductions for Columbia Gas of Massachusetts, Inc. are included in the emissions reductions for NiSource, Inc.
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About the Methane Challenge Program
The Methane Challenge Program provides a new mechanism through which U.S. oil and gas companies can make more specific and transparent commitments to reducing methane emissions. Partner companies choose between two commitment options to cost-effectively reduce methane emissions. For background information on the Methane Challenge program, please check out the Methane Challenge Fact Sheet.
Best Management Practice (BMP) Commitment
The BMP Commitment is intended to spur near-term, widespread implementation of methane mitigation activities across the oil and natural gas value chain to address methane emissions from key emitting sources. By committing to address an emission source, the partner is committing to implement a BMP on all such sources in their operations. Progress towards a commitment is generally indicated by the percent of sources to which the partner has implemented a BMP as part of the Methane Challenge. Commitments for a few sources are instead based on achieving a target rate (of equipment replacement or methane emission reductions).
Learn more about the BMP Commitment.
ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment
The ONE Future Commitment is intended to drive action to achieve segment-specific intensity targets, established through the ONE Future Partnership, which will represent emissions per volume produced or volume of throughput and add up to a 1% or less “leakage rate” along the natural gas value chain by 2025.
Learn more about the ONE Future Emissions Intensity Commitment
Learn more about the ONE Future PartnershipExit