Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – Clean Air Task Force joined RMI and the Global Methane Hub (GMH) at COP27 today to announce $3 million in GMH funding for new efforts to track and manage methane emissions from the global waste sector in Africa and Latin American. The funding is part of a broader funding effort to drive methane reductions across the global waste sector.
“Waste is responsible for 20% of the human caused methane that is driving global warming,” said Jonathan Banks, Global Director, Methane Pollution Prevention. “This new effort will help us harmonize sources of waste sector data to create a more holistic view of waste methane emissions and help drive policy change that will lead to rapid methane reductions so that we can finally start bending the curve on climate. By creating an accessible platform highlighting emissions and best practices, combined with direct in-country support, we can provide a clear pathway toward achieving the Global Methane Pledge and other ambitious national and subnational greenhouse gas targets.”
With Global Methane Hub funding, CATF and RMI will launch The Waste Methane Assessment Platform (Waste MAP), an open-source platform for information on waste methane to facilitate sharing of information and best practices for global policymakers, operators, and financiers. The platform will leverage inventory, modeled, and measured data from organizations like Carbon Mapper, UN Habitat, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and others, and combine this with in country support to develop improved site-specific information to deliver actionable insights that empower key decision makers and communities to deploy resources to priority intervention areas.
“The World Bank estimates that global waste will increase 73% by 2050,” said Kait Siegel, Senior Analyst at CATF. “In much of the world, waste management practices and systems are currently poor or non-existent, which will mean more methane emissions from waste if we don’t take action now. This new effort will help us better understand methane from the waste sector, and equip communities with the tools and expertise they need to implement proven solutions.”
Methane is a harmful super pollutant that warms the planet more than 80 times more than carbon dioxide over its first 20 years in the atmosphere. It’s responsible for about half a degree Celsius of global warming so far, and its levels are rising fast. Due to its short-lived nature, reducing methane emissions is one of the best strategies available to slow global warming in the near term. Learn more about CATF’s work to reduce methane emissions.
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