European Commission presents methane emissions reduction strategy

The strategy, which sets out measures to cut methane emissions in Europe and internationally, presents legislative and non-legislative actions in the energy, agriculture and waste sectors.

The Commission says it will work with the European Union’s international partners and with industry to achieve emission reductions along the supply chain.

‘We have adopted today our first strategy to tackle methane emissions since 1996. While the energy, agriculture and waste sectors all have a role to play, energy is where emissions can be cut the quickest with least costs,’ said Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson. ‘Europe will lead the way, but we cannot do this alone. We need to work with our international partners to address the methane emissions of the energy we import.’

According to the European Commission, one of the priorities under the strategy is to improve measurement and reporting of methane emissions. The level of monitoring currently varies between sectors and Member States and across the international community.

In addition to EU-level measures to step up measurement, verification and reporting standards, the Commission will support the establishment of an international methane emission observatory in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the International Energy Agency.

Methane emissions is one of the topics expected to be discussed during the International Maritime Organization’s 7th meeting of the Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships next week.

Rhys Berry

Rhys Berry