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May 2021 Report

Voluntary Emissions Reduction Initiatives

A guide to differentiated natural gas certifications and other initiatives.

As efforts to mitigate the impacts of climate change intensify, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions – and their sources – are facing increased scrutiny from governments and the public. Energy companies are navigating unfamiliar risks, opportunities, and challenges brought on by evolving environmental regulations, emerging carbon markets, and a growing end user demand for sustainable energy. The transition is underway and unavoidable. How should energy companies confront it? Better yet, how might they take advantage?

A voluntary emissions reductions initiative is a coordinated effort managed by an administering organization that enables participants to take standardized voluntary steps towards targeting, achieving, and/or taking credit for emissions reductions.

Highwood has produced a free report on Voluntary Emissions Reduction Initatives for Responsibly Sourced Gas. We have found the following findings:

  • Verification via independent auditing is the exception, not the norm
  • Voluntary initiatives tend to be broad in geographical and sectoral scope
  • Most initiatives are nonprescriptive in terms of technology use
  • Commitments are more common than certifications, guidelines, and ESG ratings
  • Participation is often limited to companies, excluding governments, coalitions, and other groups
  • Certification programs are new, limited in number, and have low participation
  • Full public disclosure of unaggregated data is never required


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