Methane is responsible for around 30% of the rise in global temperatures since the Industrial Revolution, and rapid and sustained reductions in methane emissions are key to limiting near-term warming and improving air quality.
The IEA’s Global Methane Tracker is an indispensable resource in the fight to bring down these emissions and implement the Global Methane Pledge. The 2023 update will provide the most complete and up-to-date set of estimates for methane emissions from the energy sector, which accounts for over 40% of emissions from human activity. Many pathways to reduce methane emissions are well known and often cost effective, and the Global Methane Tracker details abatement measures and the state of methane reduction policies and regulations across major emitters.
This year the Global Methane Tracker will provide new analysis on the abatement opportunities in the coal sector and the cost-effectiveness of different options. Together with these new estimates, the IEA will release a report on Driving Down Coal Mine Methane Emissions: A Regulatory Roadmap and Toolkit – a detailed step-by-step guide for policy makers and regulators looking to reduce methane from coal operations.