As an energy provider, socially responsible business and good neighbor, we at Summit Natural Gas of Missouri are committed to being a partner in building a sustainable energy future in the communities we serve. To help us reach that future, we continually look for ways to reduce our carbon and methane emissions and promote sustainable and efficient energy use.Click here to read our Environmental Policy
By participating in the voluntary U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Methane Challenge Program since 2016, we commit to transparently reporting our methane emissions and describing the systematic and comprehensive actions we are taking to reduce our methane emissions. Through this program, we make our system safer, reduce operational risk and increase efficiency. Beyond that, we also share information and best practices with our peers across the country to further enhance methane mitigation efforts industrywide.
We are a committed member of the ONE Future Coalition, an organization made up of energy companies from across the natural gas supply chain that are committed to achieving a science-based average rate of methane emissions across facilities equivalent to one percent or less of total natural gas production. With company leaders on ONE Future’s Board of Directors and other policy and technical committees, we work together to report emissions data, mitigation efforts and best practices with the goal of leading the industry to a sustainable path of lower emissions and more efficient operations. In 2019 we embarked on an Environmental Risk Assessment to ensure that we are doing everything we can to mitigate the impact our business makes on our communities and the environment.
Each year, SNGMO partners with community action agencies in our service territories to fund low income weatherization programs. Since 2018, we have spent approximately $39,000 on these programs, with the goal of increasing home energy efficiency, reducing homeowners’ overall energy costs and reducing carbon emissions. In fact, over the last two years, our Missouri efficiency program resulted in a carbon offset of 27.7 metric tons. That is equivalent to offsetting the emissions of an average vehicle driving over 68,000 miles. In late 2018, SNGMO launched a new energy efficiency program called “Excess is Out” focused on reducing home and small business energy costs for customers. The new program offers customers up to $500 in rebates for installing high-efficiency natural gas heating and water heating appliances, as well as smart thermostats. This will help reduce monthly energy bills, increase efficiency and reduce emissions while allowing Summit’s customers to enjoy the reliability and comfort of natural gas.