Upwing Energy is committed to supporting the natural gas industry in its carbon emission reduction goals.
We aim to transition our business to be completely carbon neutral and are well on our way with our current initiatives. In the process, our Subsurface Compressor System™ (SCS) will provide meaningful emissions reductions to give upstream natural gas companies the upper hand in their clean energy journey.
Upwing Energy’s calculation of overall greenhouse gas emissions includes scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions.
- Scope 1 – direct emissions from sources owned by Upwing Energy
- Scope 2 – indirect emissions from purchased electricity
- Scope 3 – all other emissions related to Upwing’s activities
How We Certify Emissions and Offsets
Upwing Energy works with SCS Global Services to calculate and verify Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Our scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions are calculated on an annual basis based on our business activities. In addition to calculating emissions, SCS Global Services makes certain that we comply with the PAS 2060 environmental standard. This specification for carbon neutrality is recognized internationally and sets out the requirements for reduction and offsetting. When selecting offsets, Upwing Energy makes a conscious decision to find a clean energy project that meets the PAS 2060 environmental standard. Most recently, we have chosen to offset emissions through hydro power projects.
Upwing Energy achieved a 22.02% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions in our first 2 years of commitment to carbon neutrality. Explore more about our carbon neutrality commitments and certification below:
Upwing Energy has implemented a 3-tier program to guide our employees through our journey to net-zero and encourage them to take action.
- Employees are included in our annual emissions calculation and offset project selection, so they can better help the company mitigate future emissions.
- Our management team goes through each scope of emissions to determine the steps we can take towards carbon neutrality both now and in the future. Then, adjustments are made to daily operations to lower our total quantity of greenhouse gas emissions.
- Upwing Energy also encourages our employees to take individual actions, such as carpooling, staying at green hotels, choosing low-carbon travel options, recycling and conserving energy.
Why Natural Gas
We at Upwing Energy believe natural gas will become the fuel of choice for many decades to come.
Natural gas is abundant and infrastructure is already in place, allowing for easy transportation and storage. Aside from being the cleanest fossil fuel, natural gas provides heating, cooling and electricity. It is a major feedstock fertilizer and is used to produce animal feed, fabrics, glass, steel, plastics, paint and many everyday household products. It is also the primary, cost-effective source for producing hydrogen.
When focusing on points of time where natural gas and coal consumption are nearly identical, the vast difference in emissions factors becomes evident.
With a diverse range of applications and a growing reputation of being a clean fossil fuel, natural gas is gaining popularity and is well on its way to becoming the most consumed source of energy worldwide. It is already the most consumed source in the U.S., accounting for 38% of electricity generation.
Industry advances have allowed for the U.S. to produce enough natural gas to meet demand, a trend that Upwing's SCS will enable moving forward.
Environmental Impact of SCS
Upwing is addressing how to meet the demand of natural gas production in an environmentally responsible way.
The use of subsurface compression is allowing for the creation of greater efficiencies and lower emissions in natural gas production.
This is executed in two major categories.
1. Reduction in the exploration of new unconventional shale assets
2. Elimination of wellhead compressors in current production
Currently, there are approximately 1,300 wellhead compressors being utilized in the U.S. alone. These compressors, regardless of type, aid in the production and recoverability of natural gas from existing fields.
Typically, these compressors are driven by natural gas burning internal combustion engines. The standard 300 HP engine driven compressor, operating 24/7, produces 138 tons of CO2e per month from combustion and an average of 140 tons of CO2e per month from system leaks.
Upwing’s Subsurface Compressions System (SCS) will eliminate carbon emissions from both combustion (by eliminating the IC engine) and operational leaks (by operating within the wellbore). The input power for the SCS is either produced by utilities at a much lower carbon footprint or eliminated entirely through the use of renewable power. The SCS has the capability to conduct equivalent work in a typical well with an input power of about 20% (60 HP).