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Global Methane Initiative

U.S. Government Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments

Cover for the U.S. Government International Methane Mitigation Activities 2017 Accomplishments reportThe U.S. government provides key leadership for two international methane emission reduction efforts:  the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The U.S. Government's International Methane Mitigation Activities: 2017 Accomplishments report summaries of the U.S. government’s methane emission reduction accomplishments throughout the world, and also features sector-specific activity highlights during FY 2017.

Report Highlights

Annual Methane Emission Reduction from U.S.-Supported Projects, 2005-2017

With assistance from several agencies—particularly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. State Department—the U.S. Government has supported identification and implementation of more than 1,100 methane mitigation projects since 2005. In 2017, these projects reduced methane missions of nearly 40 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2e). Since 2005, GMI efforts have also identified additional possible mitigation projects with an estimated cumulative potential to reduce another 504 MMTCO2E.


Year Actual Emission Reductions Potential Emission Reductions
2005 7187446 619183
2006 10204618 675414
2007 12757604 11415794
2008 37931531 15225612
2009 24714184 15530480
2010 28189750 25115665
2011 30576622 28543124
2012 28567065 48067819
2013 32041402 64424147
2014 34840712 69956522
2015 42177851 74714234
2016 40769516 75415221
2017 39265104 74913619

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.

U.S. Government Funding and Leveraged Funding, FY 2005-FY 2017

U.S. government funding for international methane emission reduction activities from FY 2005 through FY 2017 totaled more than $97 million. U.S. support has leveraged approximately $610 million in additional funding from other sources.


Funding Type Funding (million USD)
Total U.S. Government Funding 97.0
Leveraged Funding 610.1

FY 2017 U.S. Expenditures by Activity

U.S. Government funding enables technical assessments, information sharing and capacity building on methane emissions management, as well as GMI partnership activities including in-person and virtual meetings and workshops.


Activity Percentage
Capacity Building 37
Partnerships 24
Information Sharing 21
Assessments 18

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