Q. Why are GPL odorizers considered more eco-friendly than other odorant injection systems?
A. Unlike most other natural gas odorant injectors, the GPL Odorizers are ventless and do not discharge gas into the atmosphere. Both the GPL 750 and GPL 10000 do not use natural gas to actuate the injector, and a self-contained unit improves safety, reduces odor, lowers leak-call complaints, and saves pipeline gas.
What does this mean? No methane emissions result from the proper use of GPL Odorizers.
What is Methane?
Methane is the primary constituent of natural gas. If natural gas leaks into the air, methane absorbs the sun’s heat and warms the atmosphere and therefore is considered a greenhouse gas, like carbon dioxide and chlorofluorocarbons. Methane is, in fact, the second-largest source of greenhouse gas behind carbon dioxide. However, methane is more than 100 times stronger at trapping energy than carbon dioxide over five years. According to NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, “Any methane molecule released today is 100 times more heat-trapping than a molecule of carbon dioxide, or potentially even higher.”
Methane emissions occur during the production and transportation of coal, natural gas, and oil. They also result from livestock, other agricultural practices, and the decay of organic waste in landfills.
Methane vs. Carbon Dioxide: A Greenhouse Gas Showdown … (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.onegreenplanet.org/animalsandnature/methane-vs-carbon-dioxide-a-green