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Nearly 90 countries join pact to cut methane emissions

Headlines 14:47 02 Nov, 2021

The partnership will be formally launched later on November 2

Nearly 90 countries join pact to cut methane emissions

Nearly 90 countries have joined a US- and EU-led effort to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane 30% by 2030 from 2020 levels, a pact aimed at tackling one of the main causes of climate change, Qazet.az informs referring to Reuters.

The partnership will be formally launched later on November 2.

Methane is the main greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. It has a higher heat-trapping potential than CO2 but breaks down in the atmosphere faster - meaning that cutting methane emissions can have a rapid impact on reining in global warming.

The Global Methane Pledge, which was first announced in September, now includes half of the top 30 methane emitters accounting for two-thirds of the global economy.

Among the new signatories that will be announced on November 2 is Brazil - one of the world’s five biggest emitters of methane.

China, Russia and India, also top-five methane emitters, have not signed on to the pledge. Those countries were all included on a list identified as targets to join the pledge.

Since it was first announced in September with a handful of signatories, the US and the EU have worked to get the world’s biggest methane emitters to join the partnership.

There were roughly 60 countries signed up only last week, after a final diplomatic push from the United States and EU ahead of the COP26 summit.