Fugitive Emissions Working Group
The Fugitive Emissions Working Group (FEWG) is a network of scientists, engineers, technicians, and environmental professionals representing more than 20 DOE laboratories, power marketing administrations, program offices, and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities. FEWG members share information and best practices in inventory management, monitoring and control technologies, and environmentally preferable substitutes for high-impact fugitive greenhouse gases (GHGs) among the DOE sites.
The FEWG supports Departmental efforts to reduce emissions of high-impact fugitive GHGs such as sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) from DOE operations. In GHG accounting, fugitive emissions are not physically controlled, but result from the intentional or unintentional releases of GHGs. They commonly arise from the production, processing, transmission, storage, and use of fluorinated chemicals, often through joints, seals, packing, and gaskets. SF6 is the most potent GHG, with a global warming potential nearly 24,000 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2).
The FEWG is committed to using science, technology, and effective management to minimize fugitive emissions associated with DOE operations. Thanks to the efforts of FEWG members, DOE reduced its fugitive emissions by almost 40% from 2008 to 2010, largely due to a 42% decrease in SF6 emissions. These activities avoided the release of more than 600,000 tons of CO2-equivalent GHGs since 2008. The FEWG plans to cut fugitive emission rates even further in the next few years.
To join the FEWG or request more information, contact Josh Silverman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (202) 586-6535.
Secretary Chu presents FEWG members with the Secretary's Achievement Award on October 27, 2011.
From left: Warren Rued (LLNL), Penny Avery (SNL), Joey Griffith (Y-12), Patty Hunt (JLab), Gene Iley (WAPA), Greg Barrett (ANL), Steve Lowder (BPA), Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Eric Mieland (Fermi), Rob Sheneman (PPPL), Josh Silverman (HSS, FEWG Chair), Kirk Stoddard (SLAC)
Energy Secretary Steven Chu presented DOE's Fugitive Emissions Working Group (FEWG) with the Secretary's Achievement Award for uniting more than 20 DOE laboratories, power marketing administrations, and National Nuclear Security Administration facilities in a successful campaign to significantly reduce DOE emissions of the most highly potent greenhouse gases (GHGs). The award is the Department's highest nonmonetary honor for a group or team effort. For more information, see the article in the December 2011 DOE NEPA LLQR and/or the Energy.gov blog post.
The following presentations were given at FEWG meetings and consist of best practices, reduction and control strategies, problems and solutions, and status updates. The date each presentation was given is provided and additional notes and discussion of the presentations are included in the corresponding Meeting Notes. The most recent material is provided first.
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