Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2004
Policy Type:Policy Support
Policy Target:Bioenergy>Biomass for power, Bioenergy>Biomass for heat
Policy Sector:
Agency:Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI)

Japan joined the Methane to Markets Partnership in 2004. An international initiative to advance cost-effective, near-term reductions of methane emissions, the Partnership compels signatory nations to collaborate with other governments and the private sector to reduce global methane emissions and enhance economic growth, promote energy security, and improve the environment. Other Partnership aims include improving mine safety, reducing waste, and improving local air quality. The Partnership initially targets three major methane sources: landfills, underground coal mines, and natural gas and oil systems. The Partnership seeks to reduce aggregate annual methane emissions by 50 MtCO2 equivalent by 2015. Japan serves on the Partnerships Steering Committee and Project Expo Taskforce, as well as on the Subcommittees of Coal, Landfill, Oil and Gas, and Agriculture.


In October 2010, the U.S. and 38 partner countries launched a new Global Methane Initiative (GMI). GMI succeeded the structure built by the Methane to Markets Partnership, but it has broader scope of activities such as wastewater sector and can organize expanded collaboration between partner countries.

This record is superseded by:Global Methane Initiative

Last modified: Tue, 18 Aug 2015 17:55:05 CEST