Berkeley Law Center for Law, Energy, & the Environment. Project Climate. Methane Frameworks for Reducing Emissions.

Project Climate at CLEE is developing various workstreams for progressing methane policy and helping scale methane emission reduction at the subnational jurisdiction level for each of the main sources of anthropogenic methane: fossil fuels (oil & gas; coal mines); agriculture (enteric fermentation; manure management; rice); and, waste (solid waste; wastewater).

The Methane Imperative: Methane is a powerful but short-lived climate pollutant that accounts for a third of net global warming since the Industrial Revolution. Rapidly reducing methane emissions from energy, agriculture and waste is regarded as the single most effective strategy to limit warming to 1.5˚C while yielding co-benefits, including additional energy source, industry profits, and improving public health and agricultural productivity.

The Global Methane Pledge, a growing international initiative, estimates that methane action by its 155 signatories has the potential to reduce warming by at least 0.2°C by 2050 and prevent annually 26 million tons of crop losses, 255,000 premature deaths, 775 thousand asthma-related hospitalizations and 73 billion hours of lost labour due to extreme heat.

Methane Resource Library

Subscribe to the Methane Times e-newsletter

The Methane Times newsletter provides analysis of major methane stories and strategies to tackle methane emissions worldwide. Subscribe today