Jointly sponsored by Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), CH4 Connections 2015 is a unique forum that will bring together diverse interests to discuss national policy and the quickly evolving regulatory landscape, coupled with the latest advancements in emissions monitoring and reductions, helping to pave the way for future innovations.

Reduction of methane emissions has become a high-profile national issue, with many environmental groups and the Obama administration calling for action. Most recently, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing regulations aimed at cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels over the next decade.

A number of energy corporations, environmental organizations and federal agencies are already working to address these emissions. As the role of natural gas grows in importance as a critical segment of the nation’s energy portfolio, the energy industry is grappling with regulatory and economic challenges related to methane emissions.

CH4 Connections 2015 will be held October 6-7 at the Woodlands, near Houston, TX, and will feature lively panel discussions on how policymakers, environmentalists, industry, and researchers collaborate to reduce methane emissions. The two-day event includes a technology showcase and a poster display of topical work by researchers, academics, and students.

A variety of speakers representing the US Department of Energy (DOE), EPA, state agencies, and academia, plus representatives from gas producers, transmission pipelines, and gas distributors, will be discussing policy, environmental issues, and technical challenges regarding measuring, mitigating, and weighing the impact of methane emissions in the oil and gas industry.

Featured Speakers:

• Paula Gant, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Oil and Natural Gas Department, Energy Office of Fossil Energy

• Paul M. Gunning, Director, Climate Change Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

• Dr. Bryan Willson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)

• Pamela Lacey, Senior Managing Counsel, Environment, American Gas Association (AGA)

• Matt Godlewski, CEO, NGVAmerica

Panel Discussions:

• Initiatives to Reduce Methane Emissions: Policies and Regulations

• R&D Programs to Reduce Methane Emissions

• Bottom Up and Top Down Approaches to Quantify Methane Emissions

• Natural Gas Vehicles (NGVs) Emissions

Participants will also hear presentations from more than 15 organizations dedicated to developing low-cost, highly sensitive systems that detect and measure methane associated with the production and transportation of oil and natural gas.