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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 2019 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.

Report Highlights

Annual Methane Emission Reduction from U.S.-Supported Projects, 2005-2019

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 2019. These projects have reduced methane emissions by more than 450 million metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e), including approximately 42 MMTCO2e in 2019. U.S. efforts under the auspices of GMI have also identified additional possible mitigation projects with an estimated cumulative potential to reduce another almost 650 MMTCO2e.

 

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2005-2010
Actual Emission Reductions 42.2262755 40.6025368 39.8709157 41.0739555 42.4096936 35.0725544 32.0397941 28.5654574 30.5750144 120.9851326
 

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2005-2010
Potential Emission Reductions Identified 71.86317 71.56634 74.79387 75.29547 74.59449 69.95652 64.42415 48.06782 28.54312 68.58215
 

Year Biogas Coal Mines OIl and Gas
2005-2010 6.95 67.77 46.26
2011 11.51 87.75 52.30
2012 16.28 107.80 56.05
2013 20.92 129.97 61.28
2014 31.43 151.26 64.55
2015 41.83 172.62 75.20
2016 51.98 193.82 84.91
2017 62.10 214.09 94.40
2018 72.07 235.31 103.81
2019 81.11 259.37 112.94
 

Sector Percentage
Biogas (9.0 MMTCO2e) 21
Coal Mines (24.1 MMTCO2e) 57
Oil and Gas (9.1 MMTCO2e) 22

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, with a cumulative total of nearly $656 million leveraged. On average, each U.S. dollar spent reduced approximately 4 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e) of emissions and identified potential opportunities to achieve more than 5.5 MTCO2e of additional emission reductions.

In 2019, 13 countries hosted activities where more than 2,000 people received a total of approximately 13,000 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.

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