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Global Methane Initiative

U.S. Government Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments

Cover for the U.S. Government International Methane Mitigation Activities 2016 Accomplishments reportThe U.S. government plays an important role in reducing international methane emissions and promoting methane recovery and use projects around the world. This report summarizes U.S. government agencies’ Fiscal Year 2016 (FY2016) contributions and highlights 2016 activities. 

The U.S. Government's International Methane Mitigation Activities: 2016 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 2016.

2017 Report Highlights

In 2016, the United States:

  • Supported nearly 100 international methane emission reduction activities.
  • Supported international efforts that yielded actual annual emission reductions totaling over 40 MMTCO2E.

Annual Methane Emission Reduction from U.S.-Supported Projects, 2005-2016

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 2016, these projects reduced methane missions of over 40 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent (MMTCO2E). GMI efforts have identified a “pipeline” of additional mitigation projects, with an estimated cumulative potential to reduce another 430 MMTCO2E.


Year Actual Emission Reductions Potential Emission Reductions
2005 6778896 619183
2006 9796068 675414
2007 12349054 11415794
2008 37522981 15225612
2009 24305634 15530480
2010 27781200 25115665
2011 30168072 28543124
2012 28175448 48067819
2013 31790306 64424147
2014 34569290 69956522
2015 42166451 74714234
2016 41345184 75415359

Note:  These data represent the best available yet conservative estimates of emission reductions from projects to which the U.S. Government has contributed. In 2016, methodological updates to improve consistency across sectors resulted in more conservative estimates.

U.S. Government Funding and Leveraged Funding, FY 2005-FY 2016

U.S. government funding for international methane emission reduction activities from FY 2005 through FY 2016 totaled more than $93 million. This has helped leverage nearly $590 million in funding from other sources, such as the World Bank.


Funding Type Funding (million USD)
Total U.S. Government Funding 93.3
Leveraged Funding 589.9

FY 2016 U.S. Expenditures by Activity

In 2016, U.S. Government efforts facilitated implementation and identification of projects mitigating emissions of methane from agriculture, coal, municipal solid waste, oil and gas, and wastewater through various activities. Activities included:

  • project and market assessments (pre-feasibility and measurement field studies); 
  • information sharing (attending subcommittee meetings within each sector, conferences, participating in various stakeholder meetings);
  • capacity-building activities (technical workshops to disseminate sector-specific best practices, study tours to demonstrate these best practices in action); and,
  • partnership support.

Activity Percentage
Project and Market Assessment 44
Information Sharing 39
Capacity Building 5
Partnership Support 12