Natural gas producers have the greatest methane emissions from their suppliers, according to a report from the Natural Gas Association of America (NGA), an industry trade group.
The organization estimates that there are around 1,700 natural gas companies that emit more than 10 million metric tons of methane each year, with gas producers accounting for more than 90% of the methane.
These methane emissions are also much higher than the amount of natural gas they are using to produce.
Natural gas companies are the most polluting producers in the US.
A 2015 study from the University of Texas-Austin estimated that the methane emissions generated by natural gas producers amounted to around 6.5 million metric tonmes per year.
The study also found that natural gas is a much more carbon intensive fuel than coal or oil, as it emits about twice as much CO2 as those fuels.
The report also found out that natural-gas companies account for nearly 20% of methane emissions in the United States.
The methane emissions created by natural-source heating sources, such as natural gas furnaces, boilers and propane heaters, were estimated to be equivalent to about 4.5% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
In fact, the methane generated by the natural-fueled heating sources is almost twice as large as the methane emitted by all natural-gases, the report found.
The gas industry is a major driver of climate change, and in recent years, it has taken steps to cut greenhouse gas emission through methane reduction measures.
Natural-gas industry sources of methane include natural gas processing plants, natural gas and petroleum refining, natural-Gas Storage facilities, and natural-hydrogen storage tanks.
The NGA also said that natural sources of natural-fluoride methane were responsible for more methane emissions than any other source.
The company found that methane emissions were around 6 percent of natural emissions in 2016, but about 22 percent in 2021 and 29 percent in 2023.
The number of methane sources of gas is expected to increase in the future as natural- and renewable-energy technologies become more common, and as the natural gas market becomes more competitive.