NextDecade’s Rio Grande LNG project will provide the world access to cleaner energy and enhance energy security around the world. LNG exports can positively impact the global environment by promoting the use of low cost, clean burning natural gas, which emits far fewer pollutants than coal, oil, and other fossil fuels.

NextDecade is committed to environmental stewardship, reducing our operational footprint, reducing emissions, and minimizing habitat disturbance. Our projects will meet or exceed all environmental and other regulatory requirements, which include strict standards governing impacts on air, land, water, and wildlife. The rigorous regulatory process and ongoing oversight by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) ensure these standards are met and maintained in accordance with the law. The FERC issued an order for Rio Grande LNG in November 2019 – access the order here.


Solution to eliminate flaring

  • Rio Grande LNG provides a large-scale solution for producers to reduce flaring of natural gas in the Permian Basin by providing a reliable market for the natural gas to reach global LNG customers

Renewable power

  • The Rio Grande Valley is home to significant renewable energy development
  • NextDecade will use renewable sources of energy for the electricity needs of Rio Grande LNG

Facility emissions reduction

  • Through engineering and design optimizations announced in July 2020, NextDecade has identified several steps that will result in significant total emissions reductions associated with 27 mtpa of LNG exports from Rio Grande LNG
  • In October 2020, NextDecade announced it is targeting carbon-neutrality at Rio Grande LNG
  • NextDecade has developed proprietary processes using proven technology that could dramatically reduce CO2e emissions
  • Our air permits are based on detailed emissions calculations and models relative to federal limits, and require Rio Grande LNG to perform regular testing and reporting

Wetland/wildlife mitigation

  • NextDecade has taken voluntary measures to reduce wetlands impacts, including an agreement to purchase approximately 3,000 acres for mitigation in perpetuity, including preservation of the Loma Ecological Preserve
  • In consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), NextDecade has developed voluntary conservation measures for the ocelot and Gulf Coast jaguarundi
  • NextDecade’s FWS-approved plans are designed to minimize effects of disturbance and habitat loss
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