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U.S. and China announce crucial commitment to joint action to cut methane

November 10, 2021 Work Area: Super Pollutants

GLASGOW — Today at COP26, the U.S. and China announced a “crucial commitment to joint action to cut methane pollution,” according to Sarah Smith, Program Director, Super Pollutants at Clean Air Task Force.

The two nations issued a shared statement recognizing the role methane emissions play in driving climate change, and committing to cooperate to reduce its emissions.

Smith continued: “Clean Air Task Force supports the United States and China’s joint declaration to act on climate change, including by reducing methane emissions. Accelerated action during this critical decade is exactly what is needed to keep the goals of the Paris Agreement within reach. CATF applauds China and the U.S. for announcing increased ambition including plans to rein in methane pollution in the 2020s. Reducing methane is the most effective strategy to slow global warming now, China has a critical role to play, and this declaration is an important step forward.”


Press Contact: Troy Shaheen, Communications Director, U.S., tshaheen@catf.us, +1 845-750-1189

About Clean Air Task Force

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a non-profit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid global development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. We work towards these objectives through research and analysis, public advocacy leadership, and partnership with the private sector. With nearly 25 years of nationally and internationally recognized expertise on clean air policy and regulations and a fierce commitment to fully exploring all potential solutions. CATF is headquartered in Boston, with staff working virtually around the U.S. and abroad.

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