U.S. Government Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments
The U.S. government provides key leadership for reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source. The 2020 Accomplishments in Methane Mitigation, Recovery, and Use through U.S.-Supported International Efforts report summaries of the U.S. government’s methane emission reduction accomplishments throughout the world, and also features sector-specific activity highlights.
Annual Methane Emission Reduction from U.S.-Supported Projects, 2005-2020
The United States provides key leadership, funding, and technical expertise for international methane emission reduction efforts, resulting in the implementation of more than 1,130 methane mitigation projects through GMI as of 2020. These projects have reduced methane emissions by more than 450 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e), including approximately 42 MMTCO2e in 2020. U.S. efforts under the auspices of GMI have also identified additional possible mitigation projects with an estimated cumulative potential to reduce another 706 MMTCO2e.
|Actual Emission Reductions||42.1784895||42.5336192||40.8913778||40.0929767||41.2960165||42.4824698||35.1453306||32.0397941||28.5654574||30.5750144||123.9769726|
|Potential Emission Reductions Identified||57.134365||72.167471||71.686085||74.913619||75.415221||74.714234||69.956522||64.424147||48.067819||28.543124||69.201331|
|Year||Biogas||Coal Mines||Oil and Gas|
|Biogas (9.2 MMTCO2e)||22|
|Coal Mines (24.1 MMTCO2e)||57|
|Oil and Gas (8.9 MMTCO2e)||21|
Methane Mitigation Activities
Since 2005, U.S. Government funding from the State Department and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has supported and advanced a variety of methane mitigation activities. Every U.S. dollar invested into GMI to date leveraged more than $6 in investments from other stakeholders. Each U.S. dollar leads to emission reductions of about 4 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) and the identification of opportunities to achieve roughly 5.5 MTCO2e of additional emission reductions .
Through GMI in 2020, 14 countries supported activities where more than 1,280 people received a total of approximately 4,000 hours of training about reducing methane emissions and capturing methane for productive uses.
Note: Data are compiled from the GMI’s database of project activities. These data represent the best available yet conservative estimates of emission reductions, including actual emission reductions from projects supported by the U.S. Government and potential emission reductions from other projects identified through U.S. Government efforts.
Previous U.S. Government Reports
- 2019 Activities
- 2018 Activities (2019 Annual Report)
- 2017 Activities (2018 Annual Report)
- 2016 Activities (2017 Annual Report)
- 2015 Activities (2016 Annual Report)
- 2014 Activities (2015 Annual Report)
- 2013 Activities (2014 Annual Report)
- 2012 Activities (2013 Annual Report)
- 2011 Activities (2012 Annual Report)
- 2010 Activities (2011 Annual Report)