Communication on an EU strategy to reduce methane emissions

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Series Details COM (2020) 663
Publication Date 14/10/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 14 October 2020, setting out a strategy for the reduction of methane emissions in the European Union (EU).

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The Impact Assessment for the EU's 2030 Climate Target Plan concluded that stepping up the level of ambition for reductions in greenhouse-gas emissions to at least 55% by 2030 would require an accelerated effort to tackle methane emissions.

This strategy sets out measures to cut methane emissions in Europe and internationally. It presents legislative and non-legislative actions in the energy, agriculture and waste sectors, which account for around 95% of methane emissions associated with human activity worldwide. The Commission is also set to work with the EU's international partners and with industry to achieve emission reductions along the supply chain.

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Commentary and Analysis
Euronews: View, 10/01/2020: The EU can’t claim credibility on climate action without tackling methane gas emissions
EEB: Position, 29/07/2020: A EU methane strategy to reduce emissions from agriculture
Deutsche Welle, 14/10/2020: Does the EU's methane strategy go far enough?

Reuters, 14/10/2020: EU considers binding methane emissions standards for gas
AP News, 14/10/2020: EU to tackle methane gases, boost energy efficiency
EurActiv, 14/10/2020: EU Commission paves way for regulating methane emissions in 2021

European Commission: Methane emissions
European Commission: Press Release, 14/10/2020: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions: Commission adopts EU Methane Strategy as part of European Green Deal
European Commission: Questions and answers: An EU Methane Strategy (14 October 2020)

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