Two dozen countries announce commitment to EU-US global methane pledge

(EurActiv, 12 Oct 2021) As political support grows to place methane emissions reduction at the top of the global agenda, 24 additional countries agreed on Monday (11 October) to sign the EU-US-led Global Methane Pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.

The new signatories were recognised during a special ministerial meeting hosted by US climate envoy John Kerry and the European Commission’s climate chief, Frans Timmermans.

Rapidly reducing methane emissions is “the single fastest strategy we have” in order to prevent continued global warming, Timmermans said. 

The EU and US released a joint statement following Monday’s virtual ministerial meeting.  

US President Joe Biden and Commission President Ursula von der Leyen jointly announced the Global Methane Pledge on 17 September.

The pledge includes a commitment to cut methane emissions by at least 30% from 2020 levels by 2030, which is expected to reduce global warming levels by at least 0.2 degrees Celsius for 2050.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas which has more than 80 times the planet-warming potential of carbon dioxide over a 20-year period in the atmosphere.

According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, methane emissions account for about half of the 1.0 degree Celsius net rise in global average temperature that has occurred since the pre-industrial era.

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