Over 100 World Leaders Pledge to Cut Methane Emissions by 30% by 2030

More than 100 world leaders have pledged to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 in a commitment announced by the United States and the European Union at the COP26 Climate Summit on Nov. 2.

U.S. President Joe Biden described the Global Methane Pledge as “game-changing” as a total of 103 countries representing 70% of the global economy signed onto the pledge.

China, India, and Russia have not joined the pledge.

“One of the most important things we can do in this decisive decade is to keep 1.5 degrees in reach is reduce our methane emissions as quickly as possible,” Biden said.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said that cutting methane emissions “will immediately slow down climate change,” citing that roughly 30% of global warming since the Industrial Revolution  in the 18th century was due to methane emissions.

According to the U.S. State Department, cutting methane emissions by 2030 would prevent over 200,000 premature deaths, hundreds of thousands of asthma-related emergencies, and over 20 million tons of crop losses each year by 2030.

Biden also said that the pledge would create jobs for thousands of workers across the U.S. and in the countries that are taking part in the pledge.

“It’s an enormous opportunity for all of us, all of our nations to create jobs and make meeting climate goals a core part of our global economic recovery as well,” Biden said.

The U.S. and the EU first proposed the commitment in September. Since then, they have been gathering signatories.

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