Delivering on the Global Methane Pledge – Briefing

To stay well below 2°C and limit global warming to 1.5°C, the global community must take decisive action to reduce methane emissions from the energy sector and transition to alternative energy sources.

Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas, 86 times more powerful than carbon-dioxide (CO2) over a 20-year period, contributing to 25 per cent of warming experienced today. Atmospheric methane concentrations are at their highest ever since measurement, having risen by almost 10 per cent in the past 20 years. Recent studies show that human-caused methane emissions are much higher than reported.