Newsletter: June 2020

Message from the secretariat

Dear partners and colleagues,

Methane continues to be one of the fastest growing short-lived climate pollutants and greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. Mounting evidence shows that human activity, particularly fossil fuel production, waste management and agriculture, are driving this trend. At the same time, we know that emissions reductions are highly feasible.

Last week, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition hosted a virtual Science Policy Dialogue to look at the latest scientific knowledge of methane emissions and the mitigation measures we should target to maximize the impact of action.

Reducing methane emissions is key to achieving the Paris Agreement target to limit warming to 1.5C. It will also prevent ozone pollution that negatively impacts human health, agriculture, and ecosystems. According to the latest science, we already have the technical potential to reduce methane in the waste and fossil fuel sectors in line with this target. Many of these solutions are also low-cost or even profitable.

This is why the CCAC is supporting industry and governments through our Mineral Methane, Municipal Solid Waste, and Agriculture initiatives to take action and measure their progress supported. We will release a Global Methane Assessment developed by our Scientific Advisory Panel later this year. This includes an exciting online tool developed by Prof. Drew Shindell, which allows users to evaluate the costs and benefits of methane mitigation measures. The beta version is available here.

We encourage you to check out the Science Policy Dialogue recording and supporting materials to find out more about this work.

Helena Molin Valdes Head of the Climate & Clean Air Coalition secretariat


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