Greenhouse gas emissions
For Thyssengas, one thing is clear: piped gas transmission infrastructure will be the backbone of the energy transition.
For this reason, we bear particular responsibility for its efficient planning, construction and operation.
As part of this responsibility, we have to consider our active participation in reducing methane and CO₂ emissions.
For example, Thyssengas is one of the first German transmission system operators to have joined the “Oil and Gas Methane Partnership” (OGMP) initiative. OGMP is a voluntary initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC), the European Commission and companies from the oil and gas sector worldwide. The companies collaborating within the OGMP have taken on the goal of developing baseline conditions regarding the measurement and reporting of methane emissions and supporting each other to identify and eliminate their causes. In concrete terms, through participation in the OGMP Thyssengas has committed itself over the coming years to the constant improvement of methane emissions reporting and the clear reduction of these emissions.
We are resolved to improve ourselves and our processes, in order to let our vision of a future-proof gas network become a reality.
A cornerstone of this approach is the stringent demands we make of the safety of our facilities and the proper maintenance and monitoring of our infrastructure. For example, to identify potential methane leakages caused by external factors, we use helicopters with the laser-supported CHARM® System (CH4 Airborne Remote Monitoring) to identify even the tiniest quantities of escaped methane from above.
Our biogas facilities, compressor stations, cathodic corrosion protection stations and gas regulation and metering plants are operated exclusively using green electricity, thus saving more than 5,000 tonnes of CO₂ per year. In 2021, we used 4.36 kWh of biogas to operate our compressor plants for the first time. From this, we expect additional savings of 800 tonnes of CO₂ in 2021.
We are also continuously improving other processes with regard to CO₂ emissions, e.g. by fundamentally optimising the operation of our compressor stations, using energy-saving LEDs and much more.