International organisations and other civil society
This group includes Global Methane Pledge supporters and other organisations from the public and civil society sectors that have a long record of providing assistance for policy action on methane. Recognising that many of these organisations work on multiple fronts, we have grouped them in three main areas of potential assistance: structuring abatement plans and projects; tracking emissions and capacity building; and financing methane mitigation.
Clean Air Task Force
The Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is an international non-governmental organisation that promotes technologies and policies needed to get to a zero-emissions, high-energy planet at an affordable cost. CATF advocates for methane reductions in international venues, supports scientific research, promotes policy initiatives, encourages the development of financial incentives for pollution controls, and champions and defends standards that can dramatically reduce emissions of these significant air pollutants. CATF produces policy-relevant reports on methane abatement and supports governments in developing methane regulations. As such, it has developed tools and resources to help guide policymakers to improve emissions reductions around the world.
Climate and Clean Air Coalition
Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) is an international initiative that focuses on fast action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) including methane and black carbon. Since 2012, the CCAC has worked with governments and the private sector to reduce methane in oil and gas, agriculture and waste. The CCAC is a key implementing agency of the Global Methane Pledge, hosting the Pledge’s website and supporting the development of methane mitigation projects.
The CCAC’s Fossil Fuel Hub focuses on addressing methane and black carbon from the oil and gas sector. Its strategy is built around three goals:
- Advocate for Fossil Sector Methane and Black Carbon Reductions
- Support Governments to Regulate Fossil Methane and Black Carbon
- Eliminate Routine Flaring and Promote Efficiency for Unavoidable Flares
The Fossil Fuel Hub facilitates both peer-to-peer support and technical expert assistance on developing regulations and policies at the national and subnational level. In addition, it coordinates with donors and international funding institutions, with a focus on policy development, MRV, and financing methane and black carbon reductions in the sector.
Environmental Defense Fund
The Environmental Defense Fund works on pressing issues for people and the planet in 28 countries with an integrated agenda across energy, nature and health from four anchor regions: China, India, Europe, and the United States. EDF believes the interplay between sound science, technology and policy is critical to accelerate methane reductions, and this informs its work with governments, oil and gas operators and investors worldwide. It led an extensive scientific effort that involved more than 40 research institutions, as well as 50 oil and gas companies and helped quantify U.S. methane emissions for the first time. In collaboration with oil and gas companies, it supported the development of methane rules in the United States, Canada, Mexico and now Europe. Next year, EDF’s affiliate satellite MethaneSAT will be launched to provide comprehensive high-quality information on methane emissions from at least 80% of global oil and gas production.
Global Methane Initiative
The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) is an international public-private partnership focused on reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a valuable energy source. The initiative has 46 Partner Countries and more than 700 Project Network members that exchange information and technical resources to advance methane mitigation in three key sectors: Oil and Gas, Biogas, and Coal Mines. GMI’s website serves as an online library with extensive information on methane-to-energy projects, best practices, and technical tools and resources. In the last 16 years, GMI has trained more than 16,000 people around the world in methane mitigation and recovery. GMI also hosts the Global Methane Challenge, showcasing methane mitigation efforts around the world. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency leads the GMI’s secretariat and, together with other U.S. government institutions, provides technical expertise and supports methane recovery and use around the world.
The Energy Community brings together the European Union and its neighbours to create an integrated pan-European energy market. Its key objective is to extend the EU internal energy market rules and principles to countries in South East Europe, the Black Sea region and beyond on the basis of a legally binding framework. One of its focus areas is improving monitoring, reporting and management of methane emissions in the oil and gas sector. Therefore, it hosts the Monthly Methane Mondays. These are jointly organised with MARCOGAZ and Gas Infrastructure Europe (GIE), which works on fostering a resilient, secure, affordable and sustainable energy system for EU citizens and industries. GIE members are operators of transmission, underground storage, and LNG terminal facilities.
Florence School of Regulation
The Florence School of Regulation is a centre of excellence for independent discussion and knowledge exchange with the purpose of improving the quality of European regulation and policy. They deliver academic research, training and policy events in the areas of Energy & Climate. Recently the School has organised a series of webinars and published policy briefs that discuss methane reduction opportunities.
GTI Energy is a research and training organisation focused on developing, scaling, and deploying energy transition solutions that improve lives, economies, and the environment. Through the Veritas Methane Emissions Measurement and Verification Initiative and the Collaboratory to Advance Methane Science, GTI Energy collaborates with industry partners, academics, environmental NGOs, and governmental agencies to innovate and operationalise methane measurements and mitigation solutions across the natural gas value chain.
International Energy Agency
The International Energy Agency (IEA) is an autonomous intergovernmental organization, within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development framework, made up of 31 member countries and 10 association countries. IEA works on methane abatement as part of a broad organizational mission to shape energy policies for a secure and sustainable future. The Agency has a number of reports on the subject, providing insights for policy-makers and companies on the pathways to reduce methane emissions. It also maintains the Methane Tracker, which provides estimates of methane emissions based on the latest evidence from the scientific literature and measurement campaigns as well as a policy explorer that tracks policies applied across over 50 jurisdictions to manage methane from fossil fuel operations. The IEA promotes dialogue between policy-makers working on the topic and supports governments in the development of methane regulations.
International Methane Emissions Observatory
The International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) is part of the UN Environment Programme’s ecosystem of initiatives to tackle global methane emissions. IMEO’s core functions are data transparency, robust science and implementation of science-based policy options to manage methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector. IMEO will collect and integrate diverse methane emissions data streams – from satellites to company reporting and ground-based scientific studies – to establish a global public record of empirically verified methane emissions at an unprecedented level of accuracy and granularity. By providing near-real time, reliable, and granular data on the locations and quantity of methane emissions that targets strategic mitigation action, IMEO will catalyse strategic mitigation actions that are needed to achieve the Global Methane Pledge.
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations, it helps countries meet sustainable development goals. UNECE develops and disseminates best practice guidance and brings together stakeholders and experts in the coal mining and oil and gas sectors. UNECE holds a Group of Experts on Gas, which promotes the sustainable and clean production, distribution, and consumption of natural gas in the UNECE region. One of the priorities of its 2022-23 work cycle is methane management in the gas sector.
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) supports climate finance across different sectors in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean, Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Central Asia. It works on financial investment projects and provides business advisory services. It also promotes trade finance and loan syndications. The EBRD is one of the Global Methane Pledge’s supporting organisations and finances projects in sub-sectors that are responsible for the majority of methane emissions, including energy and natural resources, municipal infrastructure and agribusiness. The bank combines investments with policy engagement and technical assistance, leading, for instance, on multi-year methane emission reduction programmes in the gas sectors of economies in which it invests, such as the Methane Emissions Reduction Programme in Gas Supply Chains in Egypt.
Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership
The World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership (GGFR) is a multi-donor trust fund composed of governments, oil companies, and multilateral organisations committed to ending routine gas flaring and venting at oil production sites across the world. GGFR helps identify solutions to the array of technical and regulatory barriers to flaring and venting reduction. To achieve this, GGFR conducts research, shares best practices, raises awareness, secures global commitments from governments and companies to end routine flaring, and advances flare measurements and reporting. GGFR also develops country-specific flaring and venting reduction programs ranging from regulatory support for introducing new or improving the existing flaring and venting regulation, to developing studies for the technical and financial feasibility of new technologies and concepts.
Global Methane Hub
The Global Methane Hub was created to organise the field of philanthropists, experts, non-profits, and government bodies committed to methane reductions. Twenty funders, including many of the largest climate philanthropists, pooled their funds together to create this coordinated approach to methane mitigation funding. The Hub will focus on the energy, agricultural, and waste sectors which account for 96% of human-caused methane emissions. It offers support to ambitious catalytic investments, groundwork for long-term transformation of challenging sectors, and for the delivery of quick wins in sectors that are ripe for action on the ground. With a global perspective, it focuses on the highest emitting sectors and regions.
This page provides an overview of the Toolkit and how to use it, along with important background and context information.
A lot of material is currently available to inform action on methane. While there are still a number of gaps to be filled, a number of robust resources have been developed to support regulators and policy makers with the various aspects of methane mitigation.