Methane matters

Analysis on how the UK can meet its Global Methane Pledge


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.

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