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.