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Discussions from CH4 Connections Methane Emissions Conference Drive Plans for 2015 Event

Insightful and Collaborative Discussions from CH4 Connections Methane Emissions Conference Drive Plans for 2015 Event

11/25/14 Des Plaines, IL

Building off of the resounding success of this year’s event, the next CH4 Connections conference has been scheduled to take place October 6-7, 2015. CH4 Connections, the methane emissions conference aimed at collaborative solutions for the natural gas community, including environmental, academic and regulatory constituents, was hosted in The Woodlands, TX in September 2014, and was a well-received exploration of the subject of methane emissions.

Gas Technology Institute (GTI), a leading natural gas research, development, and training organization, and Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues, organized the forum as an opportunity for diverse interests to explore the latest advances in emissions reduction and help pave the way for future innovations.

HARC CEO and President Jim Lester and GTI Vice President of Corporate Development Ron Snedic opened the conference, welcoming participants and noting the relevance of methane emissions. Jim Lester noted, "With continuing technology advances, access to an abundant supply of affordable natural gas in the U.S. is leading to increased growth in demand. Even with this strong growth, the gas industry has reduced methane emissions, but there’s still a need for better science to report, track, and further reduce these emissions."

Speakers engaged with over 120 attendees from 60 organizations – including a wide range of universities, utility companies, policymakers, and environmental groups. Exhibitors showcased emerging technologies and services for emissions monitoring and reduction, including live imaging equipment demonstrations. An evening reception offered networking opportunities for attendees, and sparked important dialog between different segments of the industry and community.

Lester said, "We had an excellent program with a host of perspectives from all constituents. The group brought together key players across the entire value chain, delving into industry, environmental, and academic interests, sharing the newest detection and mitigation programs, and working towards the alignment of policy and regulatory frameworks. The event really showcased how different facets of the community can benefit from sharing knowledge and experience with others."

"By pulling together the right people with the right combination of knowledge and expertise, we can accomplish big things," says Ron Snedic. "CH4 Connections did just this. One attendee described the conference as the "Academy Awards" of methane emissions. We brought together a slate of informed stakeholders for insightful and collaborative discussions, and I think the varying perspectives and ideas will prompt continued progress in closing the information gaps. I look forward to next year’s event and seeing how things have evolved."

The 2015 conference will again be hosted at the Lone Star Community Building in The Woodlands, TX. To view the conference materials and presentations from 2014, visit the CH4 Connections website.

About Gas Technology Institute (GTI)
GTI is a leading research, development and training organization that has been addressing global energy and environmental challenges by developing technology-based solutions for consumers, industry, and government for more than 70 years.

About Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC)
HARC, a 501(c)(3) organization incorporated as Houston Advanced Research Center, is a research hub providing independent analysis on energy, air, and water issues to people seeking scientific answers. The organization is focused on building a sustainable future that helps people thrive and nature flourish.

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