Climate Change

AOPL recognizes climate change is a challenge and is committed to promoting innovations that minimize pipeline greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions while meeting the world's energy needs. American families, farmers and workers depend upon affordable and reliable energy safely delivered by pipelines. Products carried by American pipelines and exported across the world significantly reduce global GHG emissions by replacing more GHG-intensive fuels. Pipelines have the lowest GHG emissions of any mode of transporting energy and critical raw materials we use in our daily lives. Innovations AOPL is promoting to meet energy needs while also reducing GHG emissions include:
  • encouraging improved pipeline operations with a focus on GHG emissions
  • investing in development and deployment technologies that reduce GHG emissions from pipeline operations
  • engaging in research and development to better understand and manage GHG emissions from pipelines
  • participating in the development of responsible policies that address climate change as part of a comprehensive plan for meeting the world's energy needs
Examples of pipeline operators reducing GHG emissions while providing the affordable and reliable energy we need include:
  • Reducing Direct Emissions: Liquids pipelines use electricity to power most of their pumps, thereby avoiding direct GHG emissions from transporting energy products, unlike trucks or trains. Liquids pipeline operators have reduced direct GHG emissions from their offices, buildings and vehicles through energy efficiency programs and fleet conversions.
  • Reducing Indirect Emissions: Pipeline operators focus on operating efficiently, which reduces the indirect emissions attributable to the electricity they consume. Such efficiencies can be achieved by using drag reducing agents which allow products to flow more efficiently through the pipeline, using variable speed drives that only consume the power needed, allocating heavier products for delivery on more energy efficient pipelines, and operating pipelines at optimum flow rates.
  • Research & Development of GHG Reducing Technologies: Pipeline industry R&D spending through the Pipeline Research Consortium International (PRCI) is funding a PRCI Strategic Research Priority (SRP) to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Examples of PRCI SRP projects in this area include new technologies for continuous monitoring and diagnostics of pipeline facility operating equipment efficiency.
Many Americans are concerned about climate change, but they oppose climate policies that would increase the cost of gasoline, raise the cost of heating or cooling their homes or lead to supply disruptions or shortages. AOPL recognizes we must all be responsible stewards of the environment and that the pipeline industry has a role to play by minimizing its emissions.
Online quantitative survey of 3,000 U.S. consumers conducted for AOPL by Wakefield Research between June 4 and June 18, 2020, resulting in a margin of error of +/- 1.8 percentage points at the 95% confidence level for the total sample.