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.
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.
Methane at COP27 – Turning the Corner from “Moment” to Momentum
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, we must cut methane emissions at least 30% by 2030 in order to keep the 1.5°C temperature limit within reach. Since its launch at COP26, the Global Methane Pledge has generated unprecedented momentum for methane action to deliver on this shared goal, including growing political and financial support, landmark national methane plans and policies, and major new initiatives driving action in energy, agriculture, and waste.
Details about this progress will be shared across more than 20 methane-related events during COP27, including:
- Major updates on progress in addressing methane from the oil and gas sector on November 11
- Global actions on addressing methane and other short-lived climate pollutants at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition Ministerial on November 15 at 6:00 p.m.
- A “Methane Ministerial” event on November 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Central African Republic
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Micronesia, Federated States of
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
17 Jun 2022: Today, the United States, the European Union, and 11 countries launched the Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway to catalyze methane emissions reductions in the oil and gas sector...
4 Nov 2021: Approximately 100 countries have signed on to a global pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030, led by the United States and the European Union...
2 Nov 2021: Today, the United States, the European Union, and partners formally launched the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative...
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.
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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...