Today, the European Commission has just presented its new Methane Strategy, which does not live up to promise of greater climate protection under the European Green Deal. The Commission itself writes that methane emissions must be reduced by 35% to achieve 55% fewer greenhouse gas emissions. However, the measures presented today will not significantly reduce methane emissions, let alone phase out fossil fuels. No binding measures at all are foreseen for agriculture, the largest emitter of methane, and only small steps for emissions from gas, oil and coal extraction, infrastructure and from waste. No changes are foreseen for biogas production from food, which releases large quantities of methane.
"The European Commission is only scratching the surface and limiting itself to minor issues, such as the obligation to plug leaks and producing statistics. Just counting emissions alone will not help when we urgently need action to reduce them. With this methane strategy, the Commission will miss its own climate target of 55% fewer emissions by 2030 and climate neutrality by 2050. Monitoring and verification is not enough, we need clear targets and objectives to reduce methane emissions in the energy sector, in agriculture and in waste and waste water treatment.
The Methane Strategy can be found online here.
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Commission only scratches the surface