About the Global Methane Pledge

Methane is a powerful but short-lived climate pollutant that accounts for about half of the net rise in global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.

Rapidly reducing methane emissions from energy, agriculture, and waste can achieve near-term gains in our efforts in this decade for decisive action and is regarded as the single most effective strategy to keep the goal of limiting warming to 1.5˚C within reach while yielding co-benefits including improving public health and agricultural productivity.

President Biden and President Von der Leyen announced at the September 17 Major Economies Forum (MEF) meeting that the United States and the European Union are inviting countries to support the Global Methane Pledge to be launched at COP 26 in November 2021 in Glasgow.

Participants joining the Pledge agree to take voluntary actions to contribute to a collective effort to reduce global methane emissions at least 30 percent from 2020 levels by 2030, which could eliminate over 0.2˚C warming by 2050. This is a global, not a national reduction target. Participants also commit to moving towards using the highest tier IPCC good practice inventory methodologies, as well as working to continuously improve the accuracy, transparency, consistency, comparability, and completeness of national greenhouse gas inventory reporting under the UNFCCC and Paris Agreement, and to provide greater transparency in key sectors.

Preventing methane leaks from oil and gas infrastructure is a readily available option to reduce methane emissions.

The Pledge aims to catalyze global action and strengthen support for existing international methane emission reduction initiatives to advance technical and policy work that will serve to underpin Participants’ domestic actions. The Pledge also recognizes the essential roles that private sector, development banks, financial institutions and philanthropy play to support implementation of the Pledge and welcomes their efforts and engagement.

With over 100 countries on board, representing nearly 50% of global anthropogenic methane emissions and over two thirds of global GDP, we are well on our way to achieving the Pledge goal and preventing more than 8 gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions from reaching the atmosphere annually by 2030.

We will convene annual ministerial level meetings to review progress following the launch of the Global Methane Pledge in November 2021.


 

Pledges

Participants

Albania

Andorra

Argentina

Armenia

Bahrain

Barbados

Belgium

Belize

Benin

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Brazil

Bulgaria

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Canada

Central African Republic

Chile

Colombia

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Congo, Republic of the

Costa Rica

Cote d’Ivoire

Croatia

Cuba

Cyprus

Denmark

Djibouti

Dominican Republic

Ecuador

El Salvador

Estonia

Ethiopia

European Union

Fiji

Finland

France

Gabon

Gambia

Georgia

Germany

Ghana

Greece

Grenada

Guatemala

Guyana

Honduras

Iceland

Indonesia

Iraq

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Jamaica

Japan

Jordan

Korea (the Republic of)

Kuwait

Kyrgyzstan

Liberia

Libya

Liechtenstein

Luxembourg

Malawi

Malaysia

Mali

Malta

Marshall Islands

Mexico

Micronesia, Federated States of

Monaco

Montenegro

Morocco

Nauru

Nepal

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Niue

North Macedonia

Norway

Pakistan

Palau

Panama

Papua New Guinea

Peru

Philippines

Portugal

Rwanda

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Samoa

Saudi Arabia

Senegal

Serbia

Singapore

Slovenia

Spain

Suriname

Sweden

Switzerland

Togo

Tonga

Tunisia

Ukraine

United Arab Emirates

United Kingdom

United States of America

Uruguay

Vanuatu

Vietnam

Zambia

Supporters

Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Global Methane Initiative (GMI)

International Energy Agency (IEA)

UN Environment Programme

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Breakthrough Energy

Erol Foundation

Media

News
Multimedia

Remarks by Ursula von der Leyen

Remarks from President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, at the launch of the Global Methane Pledge at the U.N. Climate Summit (COP26), Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Remarks by US President Joe Biden

Remarks by US President Joe Biden at the launch of the Global Methane Pledge at the U.N. Climate Summit (COP26), Nov. 2, 2021, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sources of Methane (NASA)

Visualization showing the complex patterns of methane emissions produced globally between January 2018 and November 2018 from different sources.

Resources

Briefing on the Global Methane Pledge

The Global Methane Pledge is a strong first step as the first-ever Heads-of State global commitment to cut methane emissions at a level consistent with a 1.5°C pathway. The 30% goal serves as an ambitious floor to start from. As countries get better at reducing methane and technologies improve and...

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Global Methane Assessment

The Global Methane Assessment shows that human-caused methane emissions can be reduced by up to 45% this decade. Such reductions would avoid nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045 and would be consistent with keeping the Paris Climate Agreement’s goal to limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C within...

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC)

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is a voluntary partnership of governments, intergovernmental organizations, businesses, scientific institutions and civil society organizations committed to protecting the climate and improving air quality through actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants...

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Global Methane Initiative (GMI)

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is an international public-private partnership focused on reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a valuable energy source. GMI provides technical support to deploy methane-to-energy projects around the world that enable Partner Countries to launch...

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