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CATF experts will be at COP26

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. COP26 will bring world leaders and parties together to accelerate action towards meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

COP26 is a critical moment for the climate, and CATF will be there to advocate on the world’s biggest stage for the changes required to tackle climate change — including pushing the next generation of carbon-free technologies into the marketplace and highlighting the importance of cutting methane emissions at the world’s first-ever COP pavilion devoted to methane.

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CATF’s team in Glasgow for COP26

  • Alfredo Miranda-González – Technical and Policy Manager: 10/31-11/7
  • Jeanette Pablo, Resident Senior Fellow: 11/5-11/12
  • Maja Pozvek – Government Affairs Junior Associate: 10/30-11/7
  • Felicia Ruiz – Director, International Methane Partnerships and Outreach: 11/7-11/11
  • Troy Shaheen – Communications Director, U.S.: 11/5 – 11/12
  • Sarah Smith – Program Director, Super Pollutants: 11/2 – 11/10
  • James Turitto – Campaign Manager, Super Pollutants: 10/31-11/7
  • Alessia Virone – Government Affairs Manager, Europe: 10/31 -11/11

2021 – the year methane entered the global stage

At COP26, we will champion the formal launch of the Global Methane Pledge

CATF has been working to cut the emissions of methane and other super pollutants for 20 years. In fact, we were the first environmental group to publicize the importance of reducing the emissions of super pollutants like methane and black carbon.

This is an important milestone in the international advocacy work on this issue and we’ll be in Glasgow alongside many other international non-profits when it happens to participate in this historic moment and to urge signatories to turn ambition into action.

The methane moment

Led by the EU and U.S., the Global Methane Pledge is the first-ever global political commitment recognizing the dangers to the climate from methane, a greenhouse gas some 80 times more potent than CO₂ over a 20-year period.

Together with our partners, CATF has developed a methane focused pavilion in the Blue Zone at COP26. This 2-week effort is developed in collaboration with some of the leading global environmental groups dedicated to elevating the conversation on cutting methane pollution.

Global Methane Pledge map

Next Steps

The Pledge is just the start. Now it’s time to turn commitments into rapid action:

1. How the EU can tackle emissions

CATF advocates for smart methane policies that can reduce emissions in Europe and around the world. This year, we have finally seen methane grab headlines. Now that the problem is on everyone’s radar, what can be done about it?

Check out our five areas of recommendations on methane policy.

2. What the U.S. should do next

To tackle climate change, we must dramatically reduce methane emissions in the U.S. The oil and gas sector is the largest human-caused source of methane in the U.S. If we want to stay below 1.5°C in warming, we must reduce methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector by 65% globally, according to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Using currently available technology, the U.S. can do its part to meet this global imperative, achieving a 65% reduction of methane from oil and gas by 2025.

Read more about the path to substantial methane reductions.

And we’re ready to help

For countries that haven’t yet committed to cutting methane emissions, COP26 is the right moment to join this international movement. At CATF, we stand ready to work with countries as they assess and look at how they can best contribute to this global goal.

Are you ready to start working to reduce methane pollution? We have the tools you need:

  • Policymakers: Estimate how much methane pollution your country can reduce from their oil and gas industries. Explore CoMAT
  • Civil Society Leaders: Work with our team to uncover evidence of methane pollution. Could we bring something like CutMethane.eu to your country?
  • Media: Speak to our experts to unpack the fast-moving global agenda to cut methane. Contact Rowan Emslie, CATF Communications Director, Europe, or Troy Shaheen, CATF Communications Director, U.S.

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