Entities that wish to commit to reduce methane from the oil and gas sector and join the Global Methane Alliance should complete and sign this form.
Despite increased international focus on climate change over the past decade, global greenhouse gases have risen to their highest levels ever. Limiting climate warming to 2°C or less will require unprecedented and immediate action. At COP 26, countries are expected to present enhanced NDC commitments in line with a 2°C scenario. Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is an important opportunity to dramatically increase the ambition of these commitments.
According to the IPCC, “deep reductions” in non-CO2 emissions like methane are necessary. The oil and gas sector is one of the largest emitters of methane, and presents a key opportunity to achieve rapid climate benefit. Because methane emissions are a wasted resource, reducing emissions can also support economic growth and other development goals. In most cases, controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is technologically feasible, generates income for companies and countries, and contributes to reducing the climate footprint of oil and natural gas in a decarbonizing world.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, with a Global Warming Potential over 80 times more than that of carbon dioxide (CO2) over its 10- to 12-year lifespan. Methane is responsible for about a quarter of today’s global warming. If the world is to achieve the 1.5°C (or even a 2°C) global temperature target, deep reductions in methane emissions must be achieved by 2030. And because methane’s atmospheric lifespan is relatively short – 10 to 12 years – actions to reduce methane emissions can rapidly bend the curve away from dangerous warming, while also delivering air quality benefits.
Managing methane is one of the fastest and most cost-effective ways to slow the rate of global warming in the short term as efforts continue to decarbonize the energy system by adopting cleaner forms of energy. The International Energy Agency estimates the industry could reduce its worldwide emissions by 75 percent—and that up to two-thirds of those reductions can be realized at zero net cost. In most cases, controlling methane emissions from the oil and gas sector is technologically feasible, generates income for companies, and contributes to reducing the climate footprint of oil and natural gas as the world transitions to a low carbon energy system.