If you’re looking to cut down on your carbon dioxide footprint, you can carpool, take mass transportation or buy a more fuel-efficient car.
Reducing methane emissions, however, is likely more difficult for individual consumers, partly because the sources of that greenhouse gas are mostly industrial and agricultural. Specifically, methane is largely tied to livestock digestion, landfills, coal mines and natural gas production.
But, there are wholesale changes happening at the industrial level, improvements that will continue to drive methane emissions lower. ExxonMobil and other energy companies have joined together to limit levels, and are pushing for policies that generate further improvements.
New technologies are also helping drive continued declines. Between 1990 and 2015, the EPA states, methane emissions fell by 16 percent. To build on this success, ExxonMobil is investing in state-of-the-art technologies to detect, quantify and reduce emissions, while expanding its methane research in collaboration with academia, government and technology partners.
For a closer look at what makes up the methane emissions tapestry, check out our infographic below.