Sempra Energy’s headquarters in downtown San Diego. Photo courtesy of Sempra

San Diego-based Sempra Energy announced Wednesday it has joined the Our Nation’s Energy Future coalition, a group of companies focused on reducing methane emission in the natural gas industry.

ONE Future is comprised of three dozen among the largest natural gas producing, transporting and distributing companies in the country with a stated mission of achieving a science-based average rate of methane emissions across their facilities equivalent to 1% or less of total natural gas production.

“As we work to mitigate methane emissions across the Sempra family of companies, we look forward to engaging with ONE Future and other member companies to identify and implement innovative solutions to help address some of our industry’s toughest challenges,” said Sharon Tomkins, vice president of sustainability for Sempra Energy, parent company of San Diego Gas & Electric.

“These efforts will help further our goals to deliver sustainable value and enable the delivery of affordable, lower-carbon energy to millions of consumers,” she said.

As a ONE Future member, Sempra Energy plans to report its 2020 methane emissions results as part of the transmission/storage and distribution sectors. The company also reports its methane emissions data in its annual Corporate Sustainability Report.

“We are proud to have Sempra Energy as a new ONE Future member. We are confident that Sempra’s commitment to advancing sustainable energy solutions will strengthen our efforts to continue to reduce methane emissions as the coalition continues to grow,” said Richard Hyde, executive director of ONE Future.

ONE Future, which was formed when seven companies came together in 2014 to reduce methane emissions, has surpassed its 1% methane emissions goal each of the three years that it has publicly reported its methane intensity. Its latest report, released in November, showed a 2019 methane intensity number of 0.334%, beating its 1% goal by 67%.

— City News Service

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