The US and EU want to take action against methane emissions. With a joint agreement, they want to encourage other countries to Output
The United States and the European Union (EU) want to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas methane by around a third by 2030 because of the climate crisis.
In a joint declaration, the US and the EU would undertake to reduce man-made methane emissions by 2030 by at least 30 percent compared to 2020 levels, according to a draft of the “Global Methane Pledge” published by the news agency Reuters is available on Monday.
“Methane’s short atmospheric lifespan means that measures taken now can rapidly reduce the rate of global warming,” the paper said. The commitment would extend to the main polluters of methane emissions, including leaking oil and gas infrastructures, old coal mines, agriculture and the waste sector.
Other countries should join the commitment
A separate document lists more than two dozen countries that are expected to join the commitment, including major emitters such as China, Russia, India, Brazil and Saudi Arabia, but also Norway, Qatar, Great Britain, New Zealand and South Africa.
The US State Department declined to comment, and the European Commission did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the documents. The deal is expected to be unveiled on Friday at a meeting of the major emission countries to solicit support ahead of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow in November.