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Fact Sheet: Advanced Natural Gas Systems Manufacturing R&D Initiative

The following fact sheet outlines one of the Department of Energy's series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation¹s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. DOE will launch a collaborative effort with industry to evaluate and scope high-impact manufacturing R&D to improve natural gas system efficiency and reduce leaks with the goal of establishing an advanced  manufacturing initiative. This will include a formal request for information, public workshops, and technical analysis and will leverage technology development areas already in progress through DOE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, DOE’s Office of Fossil Energy, and the Executive Office of the President’s Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP 2.0), including advanced sensors, control, modeling and platforms for manufacturing, advanced materials manufacturing and advanced reciprocating engine systems. The initiative is the outcome of the five Methane Stakeholder Roundtables hosted by the White House and DOE at which leaders from industry, environmental organizations, state regulators, consumer groups, academia, and manufacturing and labor unions were asked to provide Administration and other representatives with their individual perspectives on opportunities to modernize natural gas infrastructure and reduce mid- and downstream methane emissions.