Common Goals, Uncommon Partners
Seeking Solutions to Methane Emissions
The Gas Leaks Allies will convene a summit on October 3 to share findings of gas leak studies taking place in Massachusetts. Representatives of utility companies — specifically those involved with natural gas, academic scholars and researchers, and citizen stakeholders will be presenters.
Spurred by recent state legislation mandating that the utilities address “environmentally significant” leaks, gas companies in Massachusetts need to develop the best possible methods to measure the methane emissions and prioritize the highest volume leaks for repair. This summit will provide a platform for technical experts and independent researchers to share results and implications of studies assessing the effectiveness of various methods of measurement.
Gas companies in Massachusetts need to develop the best possible methods to measure the methane emissions and prioritize the highest volume leaks for repair.
The Gas Leaks Allies is a coalition of environmental and grassroots organizations, researchers, legal and policy experts, health practitioners, labor unions, and other advocates in Massachusetts. We have been working together successfully for more than two years to get gas leaks fixed to cut methane emissions. In collaboration with the three largest utilities in Massachusetts — National Grid, Eversource, and Columbia Gas — we have undertaken a pilot study with the goal of finding ways to most effectively reduce methane emissions from leaking gas pipes. Our findings will inform statewide regulations.
MIT’s Sloan School of Management, Environmental Solutions Initiative, and ClimateX
Harvard University’s Graduate Program in Sustainability and Center for Health and the Global Environment at T.H. Chan School of Public Health
BU’s Earth and Environment Department
Summit and Study Objectives:
Inform statewide regulations: Present measurable, verifiable, effective methods to cut methane emissions in half by finding and fixing the highest volume gas leaks.
Achieve a win-win-win solution for utilities, people, and our climate.
Support municipal efforts to communicate and coordinate with utilities.
Share solutions and best practices with stakeholders beyond Massachusetts.
What’s the problem?
Status of gas infrastructure, research on methane, current legislation and regulation
What methods do we have to measure gas leaks?
Current methods of detecting environmentally significant gas leaks
New technologies included in the study
What have we learned?
Study findings: Successes and challenges, recommendations, and further study
Discussion and Q&A
Replicating our model of innovation and collaboration
Gas Leaks Allies Members
Boston Climate Action Network
Brookline GreenSpace Alliance
Clean Water Action
Climate Action Now–Western MA
Conservation Law Foundation
Consumers for Sensible Energy
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Friends of the Public Garden
Garden Club of the Back Bay
Gas Safety USA
Green Committee, Neighborhood Association of Back Bay
Green Justice Coalition
Home Energy Efficiency Team
MA Health Professionals For Clean Energy
Mothers Out Front
Sierra Club, MA Chapter
Springfield Climate Justice Coalition
Dr. Nathan Phillips, Boston University
Dr. Margaret Cherne-Hendrick, Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy
ATTENDING THE SUMMIT: If you would like to attend the October 3rd summit “Common Goals, Uncommon Partners, please register here.