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Global Methane Pledge

Global Methane Pledge:

Global Methane, Climate and Clean Air (GMCCA) Forum 2022 is being held in Washington, DC, USA to discuss opportunities to protect the climate and improve air quality with a special focus on methane by adhering to the Global Methane Pledge.

  • The Forum is a joint event sponsored by the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the UNEP-convened Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC).
  • GMI is an international public-private partnership focused on reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source.
  • It provides technical support to deploy methane-to-energy projects around the world that enable Partner Countries to launch methane recovery and use projects.
  • India is a partner country of GMI.
  • High-level plenary sessions will be held on global efforts to reduce methane and other short-lived climate pollutants.
  • The forum will outline policy, political and scientific arguments for global ambition on methane action. They also aim to define a path forward.
  • The Global Methane Pledge was launched at COP (Conference of Parties) 26 in November 2021 to catalyse action to reduce methane emissions.
  • It was led by the United States and the European Union.
  • It has 111 country participants who together are responsible for 45% of global human-caused methane emissions.
  • India, which is not a part of the Global Methane Pledge, is among the top five methane emitters globally.
  • Most emissions can be traced back to agriculture.
  • By joining the Pledge, countries commit to work together in order to collectively reduce methane emissions by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.