The United States and the European Union in the fight to reduce methane emissions

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The United States and the European Union have decided to reduce methane emissions by almost a third in the next decade. The initiative to reduce global methane emissions will be launched at the United Nations Conference on Climate Change to be held in November in Glasgow.

Joseph Biden, President of the United States and Ursula von der Lajen, President of the European Commission, they called on world leaders to join in the fight to reduce global methane emissions.

Methane, an invisible gas, is more efficient at retaining heat than carbon dioxide, and as such is more responsible for the greenhouse effect. According to a United Nations study, reducing methane emissions is the fastest way to slow global warming. Of course, other emissions should be reduced in order to achieve the set goals.

According to Biden’s statement, all countries that join the global initiative to reduce methane emissions are obliged to reduce emissions of this gas by at least 30 percent by 2030, compared to the level from 2020. Meeting this goal would reduce the global warming of Planet Earth by at least 0.2 degrees Celsius by 2050.

The European Union has been taking steps to reduce methane emissions for almost three decades. In October 2020, a strategy for reducing methane emissions was adopted, all of which is an important part of the EU’s ambition, which is at least 55% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030.

The United States is working on several levels to reduce methane emissions. New regulations have been published to reduce methane from the oil and gas industry, stricter standards are being implemented when it comes to landfill pollution, and work is currently underway to expand the voluntary adoption of smart agricultural practices that will reduce methane emissions.

Milica Radičević


Source: Energetski portal Srbije by www.energetskiportal.rs.

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