What is The Race to Zero?

The Race to Zero is a friendly annual competition among the world’s oil and natural gas producers designed to challenge and encourage energy companies to reduce their total methane emissions. 

In order for us to address issues related to climate change and to take appropriate steps towards reducing our methane footprint, it is necessary to get a clear picture of our true emissions.

To participate in the The Race to Zero, each company must quantify their total site-wide methane emissions from a statistically-representative sample of their total sites selected at random by the organizing committee. The concept is simple: the energy company with the lowest average emissions ratio, the closest to zero, takes home the top prize. 

While only one company will be crowned the champion each year, when we work together to reduce our methane emissions and lessen our impact on the environment, we all win.

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How It Works : 


Test sites are selected at random from each operator’s total sites.

Operators will be required to submit a list of their total sites to the organizing committee. The sites will be anonymized, and a statistically representative subsample will be selected for emissions testing. 


Quantify total methane emissions using any reliable method.

The total, site-wide, emission rate of methane from each test site must be quantified using a scientifically-sound and defensible method that has demonstrated accuracy. Total emissions are inclusive of all sources (e.g., fugitive emissions, process emissions, venting, flaring, pneumatics, etc.)


Report the methane intensity determined for each site and for the cumulative total of all tested sites.

The methane intensity for each site shall be calculated as the total methane emission divided by the net production. The cumulative methane intensity  is the combined methane emissions for all tested sites divided by the combined production. 

When performance is measured, performance improves.

Why measure methane?

The reality is that just about everything leaks to some extent. What matters is how much is being emitted.  No matter your primary concern, be it climate impact or air quality impact or lost revenue, they are all dependent on the amount of methane reaching the atmosphere.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that has a 20-year warming potential 84 times that of CO2. We know that human activity, including production and use of fossil fuels, is contributing to the rising methane levels in the global atmosphere. Our challenge is to reduce our methane emissions to as close to zero as possible.

With limited resources and limited time, along with a continually growing number of production sites, it is increasingly important to be smart about how we allocate those resources to get the most methane reduction for our investment. In order to do this, we must first accurately measure our total emissions. 

When it comes to methane, the only metric that truly matters is “How much”

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