Doha, June 2021
Methane - Tackling GHG Emissions
Tackling greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is at the top of the agenda in the global effort to address the escalating climate change crisis. While efforts so far have mostly focused on carbon dioxide (CO2), concerns for methane (CH4) emissions and their effects on the climate are growing.
Methane emissions are associated with the production and transport of coal, natural gas, and oil, as well as with agriculture processes and organic waste management. It is however a “potent greenhouse gas with important implications for climate change” the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in a 2021 report.
Although methane has a much shorter atmospheric lifetime than carbon dioxide (CO2) – around 12 years, compared with centuries for CO2 – it absorbs much more energy while in the atmosphere. Thus, while methane tends to receive less attention than CO2, reducing methane emissions, particularly those related to the energy sector “will be critical for avoiding the worst effects of climate change,” the IEA said.
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