Methane has been overlooked for too long in efforts to address climate change. It is a potent greenhouse gas with more than 80 times the warming power of CO2 in the first 20 years after emission. At least a quarter of global warming is driven by methane emissions, but urgent action to tackle methane emissions could have a cooling effect, and will be critical to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees.
At COP26 the UK signed the Global Methane Pledge, which promises to cut methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
The UK has so far published no clear plan of action, despite having the potential to be a world leader in methane mitigation. We have shown how the UK can meet the methane reduction target with feasible, low cost actions across the agricultural, waste and energy sectors.
Our work encourages and supports the government to fulfil its commitments on methane and demonstrate global leadership in this area.
A year has passed since the UK signed the Global Methane Pledge at the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow. However, the UK government has made little headway in showing how it will cut methane emissions to meet its 30 per cent reduction target. In this report, we outline how the UK can reduce methane emissions by 43 per cent this decade with a menu of low cost policies.
The COP28 climate summit will be a chance for the UK to demonstrate leadership and act on methane. An ambitious methane action plan would help to restore the UK’s former climate credibility. In this short report we show what the UK should do and why.
The government is refusing to bring forward a ban on routine flaring and venting in the North Sea. As well as being highly polluting and contributing to climate change, this is a scandalous waste of gas. Our analysis of data from the North Sea Transition Authority suggests that requiring companies to clean up their act sooner could bring more gas to market than might be lost by closing down the most polluting sites.
On 21st November 2023 Green Alliance hosted a webinar addressing the methane emissions from the UK’s North Sea activities, how they compare to those in Norway, and whether we can expect COP28 to lead to significant progress on methane mitigation.