Hi-Tech Gas: Is natural gas environmentally friendly?
Whether cooking or heating something in your home, you need a source of energy. There are many sources of energy, wood, gasoline, electricity, gas,… all have advantages and disadvantages (storage, cost, installation, environmental impact,…). However, you need a source of energy for your home, so which energy should you choose? In this article, we will know the environmental impact of gas, and if natural gas is environmentally friendly.
1 / Lower emission than other fossil fuel
First of all, you should know that the majority of gas used in homes in the USA comes from the country’s national resources. This is an advantage because the transport is shorter than for some other resources and it should also be noted that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are much lower than for other fossil energy such as carbon or oil.
2 / Lower greenhouse gas emissions with new technology
Greenhouse gas emissions can greatly contribute to a natural imbalance. Natural gas has a great improvement in this problem and technology is advancing to reduce the negative effects of this emission by improving the efficiency of gas transport and extraction.
3 / Air cleaner
The combustion of natural gas mainly releases heat, water vapor, and carbon dioxide. It is cleaner energy than other fossil fuels because the emissions of mercury, sulfur, and other particles are negligible. The emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx) are also lower than those of gasoline and diesel for cars. Homes that used natural gas instead of coal dissipate nearly 2,000 tonnes of less NOx, 4,000 tonnes or less SO2, and 5,000 tonnes of particulate matter in the air. This has a direct impact on places that use natural gas, people suffer less from respiratory problems such as asthma or lung cancer.
4 / A limited environmental impact
The environmental impact of gas is existing but remains limited mainly to the place of extraction as for other sources of fossil fuels. The risks are less important than for the delivery of oil, for example, which can endanger marine life as it has been the case on several occasions.