Briefing on the Global Methane Pledge
2021 is the moment for methane. The CCAC-UNEP Global Methane Assessment set out an opportunity to change the climate trajectory within the next 20 years—a critical timeframe for slowing warming and self- reinforcing feedbacks enough to avoid passing dangerous tipping points. The 6th Assessment Report of the IPCC concluded that methane mitigation is a standout option for achieving near- and long-climate and air quality benefits.
To capture this moment, U.S. and EU are leading a global effort for countries to commit to a Global Methane Pledge. The Pledge commits countries to collectively reduce emissions of methane from all sectors by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030 and to take comprehensive domestic action to achieve this target.