Methane emissions in the EU: the key to immediate action on climate change

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Series Details 21/2022, Number 21
Publication Date November 2022
ISBN 978-92-9480-509-6
ISSN 2467-3196
EC TH-AM-22-021-EN-N
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This briefing provides an overview of the key sources of methane (CH4) in the EU and the trends in and drivers of emissions since 1990. It looks at projections, policies and measures implemented, and relevant EU legislation in force and forthcoming. It also describes the main EU and international policy processes for reducing CH4 emissions, which contribute to achieving the objectives of the Paris Agreement and climate neutrality.

The EEA has developed a ‘methane emissions’ visualisation tool to underpin the briefing, where users can see countries’ CH4 emissions as reported in their greenhouse gas inventories.

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European Environment Agency (EU EEA): News, 26/10/2022: Trends and projections: limited rebound in EU emissions amid post-pandemic recovery and energy crisis

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