U.S. Government Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments
The 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.
- Read the 2017 U.S. Government's Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments report
- Read reports from previous years: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006
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|
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|
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.
|Project and Market Assessment||44|