The CCAC Secretariat is providing secretariat services to the GMP.

Highlights

About the Global Methane Pledge

Methane is a powerful but short-lived climate pollutant that accounts for a third of net warming since the Industrial Revolution. 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. 

The Global Methane Pledge (GMP) was launched at COP26 by the European Union and the United States.  

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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. This is a global, not a national reduction target.   

With over 155 country participants, representing a little over 50% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, we are well on our way to achieving the Pledge goal. 

Meeting the GMP would reduce methane emissions to a level consistent with 1.5°C pathways while delivering significant benefits for human and ecosystem health, food security and our economies. It has the potential to reduce warming by at least 0.2 °C by 2050 and prevent annually 26 million tons of crop losses, 255,000 premature deaths, 775 thousand asthma-related hospitalizations and 73 billion hours of lost labour due to extreme heat.

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Participants to the Pledge 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 the private sector, development banks, financial institutions and philanthropy play in supporting the implementation of the Pledge and welcomes their efforts and engagement.

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition provides secretariat services to the GMP.

Read the Pledge

The Imperative for Methane Action

Drastic methane emissions reductions – alongside decarbonisation of our economies – need to happen before 2030 to keep the 1.5°C warming limit within reach. 

While methane has a much shorter lifetime than carbon dioxide (CO2), it is much more efficient at trapping radiation. Per unit of mass, methane has a warming effect about 80 times more potent than CO2 over 20 years. Methane has been responsible for 30% of total warming since the Industrial Revolution and is the second largest contributor to global warming after carbon dioxide (CO2). Without action, global anthropogenic methane emissions are projected to rise by up to 13% between 2020 and 2030. 

Pledges

We are seeing the “methane moment” from COP26 turn into a “methane movement”. 155 countries are now participating in the Global Methane Pledge.

Participants

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AGO Angola
Antigua and Barbuda Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina Argentina
Flag of Armenia Armenia
Australia Australia
Austria Austria
AZE Azerbaijan
Flag of Bahrain Bahrain
Bangladesh Bangladesh
Flag of Barbados Barbados
Flag of Belgium Belgium
Flag of Belize Belize
Flag of Benin Benin
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
Flag of Brazil Brazil
Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Burkina Faso Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde Cabo Verde
Cambodia Cambodia
Flag of Cameroon Cameroon
Canada Canada
Central African Republic Central African Republic
Chad Chad
Flag of Chile Chile
Flag of Colombia Colombia
The Comoros Comoros
Democratic Republic of the Congo Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo-Brazzaville Congo, Republic of the
Cook Islands Cook Islands
Costa Rica Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire Cote d’Ivoire
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Cuba Cuba
Flag of Cyprus Cyprus
Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of Djibouti Djibouti
Dominica Dominica
Flag of the Dominican Republic Dominican Republic
Flag of Ecuador Ecuador
Egypt flag Egypt
Flag of El Salvador El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea
Flag of Estonia Estonia
Eswatini Eswatini
Flag of Ethiopia Ethiopia
Flag of the European Union European Union
Flag of Fiji Fiji
Flag of Finland Finland
France France
Flag of Gabon Gabon
Flag of the Gambia Gambia
Flag of Georgia Georgia
Germany Germany
Ghana Ghana
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Grenada Grenada
Flag_of_Guinea Guinea
Flag of Guyana Guyana
Flag_of_Haiti Haiti
Flag of Honduras Honduras
Flag of Iceland Iceland
Indonesia Indonesia
Iraq Iraq
Flag of Ireland Ireland
Israel Israel
Italy Italy
Flag of Jamaica Jamaica
Japan Japan
Jordan Jordan
KZ Kazakhstan
Flag_of_Kenya Kenya
KOREA (REPUBLIC OF) Korea (Republic of)
Kosovo Kosovo
Flag of Kuwait Kuwait
Kyrgyz Republic Kyrgyzstan
Lebanon Lebanon
Lesotho Lesotho
Liberia Liberia
Flag of Libya Libya
Flag of Liechtenstein Liechtenstein
Flag of Luxembourg Luxembourg
Flag of Malawi Malawi
Malaysia Malaysia
Flag of Mali Mali
Malta Malta
Flag of the Marshall Islands Marshall Islands
Mauritania Mauritania
Mexico Mexico
Federated States of Micronesia Micronesia, Federated States of
Moldova Moldova (Republic of)
Flag of Monaco Monaco
Mongolia Mongolia
Flag of Montenegro Montenegro
Morocco Morocco
Mozambique Mozambique
Namibia Namibia
Flag of Nauru Nauru
Flag of Nepal Nepal
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Flag of New Zealand New Zealand
The Niger Niger
Nigeria Nigeria
Flag of Niue Niue
Flag of North Macedonia North Macedonia
Flag of Norway Norway
Oman Oman
Pakistan Pakistan
Flag of Palau Palau
Flag of Panama Panama
Flag of Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea
Flag of Peru Peru
Philippines Philippines
Flag of Portugal Portugal
Qatar Qatar
ROU Romania
Rwanda Rwanda
Flag of Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Lucia Saint Lucia
Samoa Samoa
San Marino San Marino
São Tomé and Príncipe São Tomé and Príncipe
Flag of Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
Flag of Senegal Senegal
Flag of Serbia Serbia
Seychelles Seychelles
Sierra Leone Sierra Leone
Flag of Singapore Singapore
Slovakia Slovakia
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia
Solomon Islands Solomon Islands
Somalia Somalia
Flag of Spain Spain
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
Sudan Sudan
Flag of Suriname Suriname
Sweden Sweden
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
TJK Tajikistan
Timor-Leste Timor-Leste
Togo Togo
Flag of Tonga Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago
Flag of Tunisia Tunisia
TKR Flag Turkmenistan
Tuvalu Tuvalu
Flag of Ukraine Ukraine
Flag of the United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)
United States United States of America
Flag of Uruguay Uruguay
Uzbekistan Uzbekistan
Flag of Vanuatu Vanuatu
Flag of Vietnam Vietnam
The Republic of Yemen Yemen
Flag of Zambia Zambia

Champions

Champions of the Global Methane Pledge (GMP) are uniting to advocate for accelerated methane action to achieve the Pledge and galvanise further progress by country participants and GMP supporters. As Champions, they will continue to spur domestic action in their respective countries.  

Resources

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Global Methane Assessment: 2030 Baseline Report

This report is a product of the Global Methane Assessment (GMA) that details projections of anthropogenic methane emissions through 2030 under various baseline scenarios and assesses the climate benefits of achieving the Global Methane Pledge target compared to the impacts of those baseline emissions.

One of the key conclusions of the GMA was that currently available technological measures and policies could reduce emissions from the three main ant hropogenic methane emitting sectors by as much as 45 per cent of baseline emissions levels by 2030 (approximately 180 Mt per year in 2030).

Contact

The UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) provides secretariat services to the GMP.


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