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.
Progress update: From Moment to Momentum
In the year since it launched at COP26, the Global Methane Pledge has generated unprecedented momentum for methane action. Country endorsements of the GMP have grown from just over 100 last year to 150, more than 50 countries have developed national methane action plans or are in the process of doing so, substantial new financial resources are being directed to methane action, and partners have launched “pathways” of policies and initiatives to drive methane reductions in key methane-emitting sectors – a GMP Energy Pathway launched at the June 2022 Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate and a GMP Food and Agriculture Pathway and GMP Waste Pathway, both launched today at COP27.
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
São Tomé and Príncipe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States of America
Global Methane Pledge: From Moment to Momentum
17 Nov 2022: This fact sheet is jointly released by the United States and European Union as co-conveners of the Global Methane Pledge.
Virtual methane pavilion at COP27
6 Nov 2022: The #MethaneMomentum continues at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh. Learn about and attend in-person and virtual methane events happening at COP.
U.S.-EU Joint Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge Energy Pathway
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...
Around 100 nations pledge to slash methane emissions on day 2 of COP26
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...
Launch by US, EU, and Partners of the Global Methane Pledge to Keep 1.5C Within Reach
2 Nov 2021: Today, the United States, the European Union, and partners formally launched the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative...
US, EU, and Partners Formally Launch Global Methane Pledge to Keep 1.5C Within Reach
2 Nov 2021: A total of over 100 countries representing 70% of the global economy and nearly half of anthropogenic methane emissions have...
At COP26, more than 100 countries commit to reducing methane emissions
2 Nov 2021: The European Union and the United States have launched a landmark pledge to slash emissions of the powerful...
More than 100 countries join pact to slash planet-warming methane emissions
2 Nov 2021: More than 100 countries have joined an effort led by the United States and European Union to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels, an initiative aimed at tackling one of the main causes of...
Why the Global Methane Pledge Is a Big Deal for the Climate
1 Nov 2021: As leaders at the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, thrash out how to rein in catastrophic levels of global warming, one of the most important deals is taking place on the sidelines.
International Methane Emissions Observatory launched to boost action on powerful climate-warming gas
31 Oct 2021: To support further progress on fulfilling the Paris Agreement, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the European Union launched...
Philanthropies commit over $200 million as 24 more countries join the pledge
19 Oct 2021: With these new commitments, 9 of the top 20 methane emitters are now participating in the Pledge, representing about 30% of global methane emissions.
Joint U.S.-EU Statement on the Global Methane Pledge
11 Oct 2021: Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and European Commission Executive Vice President Frans Timmermans hosted a virtual ministerial to mobilize further support for the Global Methane Pledge.
Opening remarks by Executive Vice-President Timmermans on the Global Methane Pledge
11 Oct 2021: Thank you very much John and thank you for everything you’ve been doing. It’s been quite a journey and in such a brief period of time. Good morning...
Joint US-EU Press Release on the Global Methane Pledge
18 Sep 2021: The United States and European Union announced today the Global Methane Pledge, an initiative to reduce global methane emissions to be launched at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in November in Glasgow.
Global Methane Pledge Ministerial at COP27: 17 Nov 2022
In the year since it launched at COP26, the Global Methane Pledge has generated unprecedented momentum for methane action.
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.
Oil and Gas Sector Toolkit for the Global Methane Pledge
Fulfilling the Global Methane Pledge will require widespread implementation efforts, including policies aimed at reducing flaring, venting and fugitive emissions. This toolkit connects policy makers and regulators to key resources and institutions supporting these policy efforts.
Methane technical assistance
Site providing access to methane mitigation tools, experts on methane mitigation, and national planning, policy and regulatory support.
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...
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...
International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO)
The Observatory will produce a global public dataset of empirically verified methane emissions – starting with the fossil fuel sector – at an increasing level of granularity and accuracy by integrating data principally from: reporting from the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP 2.0), oil and...
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...
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...