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CATF at Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week: Addressing methane waste management and advancing action on the Global Methane Pledge

October 24, 2023 Work Area: Methane

Panama City Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is co-hosting an event at the Latin America and the Caribbean Climate Week (LACCW) this week, working to advance action in line with the goals of the Global Methane Pledge with a focus on mitigating waste methane in the region. CATF will highlight the importance of addressing methane to achieve climate goals and facilitate a conversation showcasing how Latin American and Caribbean governments, industry, and society are addressing and can address organic waste management. CATF will also explore the barriers and successes these groups have encountered in meeting their climate commitments in hopes of fostering knowledge transfer between sectors and countries.  

“More than 150 countries, including 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries, have joined the Global Methane Pledge, committing to taking action towards reducing methane emissions by 30%,” said Paula Garcia, Latin America Policy Manager, Methane Pollution Prevention at CATF. “Methane mitigation is fundamental to slowing global warming and meeting our climate goals, and waste is one of the major emitting sectors. During this week and in the lead up to COP28, we look forward to strengthening our relationship with leaders who have taken steps to reduce their countries’ waste methane emissions and continue supporting them to go from commitments on methane reduction to action and realized cuts. We are also looking forward to opening the door to further engage with countries who have not yet joined the Global Methane Pledge.”  

LACCW is among several regional climate weeks taking place around the world, leading up to COP28 in Dubai from November 30 to December 12, 2023.   

The waste sector is responsible for approximately 20% of anthropogenic methane emissions and is the third largest source of methane emissions in the world,” said Isabel Garzon, Waste Analyst, Methane Pollution Prevention at CATF.  “Although barriers towards mitigation exist, we have cost-effective technologies, and we know the regulatory best practices we must implement to overcome them. It is imperative that local leadership plays a pivotal role in these conversations, and in ongoing efforts to drive best practices for methane quantification and mitigation in the waste sector.”  

CATF experts will be on the ground throughout the week to engage world leaders, and are hosting the following public event:  

Waste Methane: Impacts and Opportunities for Meeting Climate Goals 

Date and time [Subject to Change]: Thursday, October 26 at 1:00pm  
Location [Subject to Change]: Room Ancon I  
Hosting: CATF and Global Methane Hub  

Opening remarks:

  • Paula García Holley, Latin America Policy Manager, Methane Pollution Prevention, Clean Air Task Force  


  • Isabel Garzón, Waste Analyst, Methane Pollution Prevention, Clean Air Task Force
  • Sebastian Carranza, Climate Change and Risk Management Director, Colombia 
  • Jenny Mager, Head of Mitigation and Inventories Department, Division of Climate Change, Chile 
  • Joselin Quintana, Solid Waste Management and Inclusive Circular Economy Project, Ecuador 
  • Victor Argentino, Solid Waste Coordinator at Instituto Polis, Brazil 

If you are interested in meeting with a CATF expert in Panama City, or to learn more about their work over the phone, please don’t hesitate to reach out.  

Press Contact

Steve Reyes, Communications Manager, CATF, [email protected], +1 562-916-6463

About Clean Air Task Force 

Clean Air Task Force (CATF) is a global nonprofit organization working to safeguard against the worst impacts of climate change by catalyzing the rapid development and deployment of low-carbon energy and other climate-protecting technologies. With 25 years of internationally recognized expertise on climate policy and a fierce commitment to exploring all potential solutions, CATF is a pragmatic, non-ideological advocacy group with the bold ideas needed to address climate change. CATF has offices in Boston, Washington D.C., and Brussels, with staff working virtually around the world. Visit and follow @cleanaircatf.

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