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Significant, sustained reductions in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions will be the foundation for any successful climate strategy.

CATF advocates for super pollutant emissions reductions in the U.S. and internationally by supporting scientific research, promoting policy initiatives, encouraging the development of financial incentives for pollution controls, and championing and defending standards that can dramatically reduce emissions of these climate super pollutants.

Super Pollutants

CATF Testimony: EPA Listening Sessions on Regulating Methane Emissions from the Oil and Gas Sector

Clean Air Task Force experts gave the following testimony at the June 15th EPA listening session on regulating methane emissions from the U.S. oil and gas sector. Sarah Smith, Program Director, Super Pollutants: Good afternoon. My name is Sarah Smith, and I appreciate the opportunity to speak on behalf of Clean Air Task Force, where

June 15, 2021
Super Pollutants

New analysis reveals stark disparities in methane emissions and emissions intensity between major oil and gas operators

BOSTON – A first-of-its-kind analysis from Ceres and the Clean Air Task Force provides investors, operators, natural gas purchasers, policymakers and regulators with the data needed to directly compare relative emissions intensity and total reported methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide emissions for nearly 300 U.S. oil and gas producers. The results reveal dramatic variability […]

June 1, 2021
Super Pollutants

Groundbreaking New U.N. Report Shows Reducing Global Methane Emissions Would Have Major Climate Benefit at Virtually No Cost

A 40-45% methane cut by 2030 would avoid nearly 0.3 degrees Celsius of global warming by the 2040s.  BOSTON – The newly released Global Methane Assessment from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) makes clear that significantly cutting methane emissions is “absolutely critical, hugely beneficial, and eminently achievable,” according to Clean Air Task […]

May 6, 2021
Policy

CATF Supports Senate Move to Overturn Weak Trump Methane Rule, Looks to Stronger Oil and Gas Industry Control Standards

WASHINGTON — Today, CATF expects that the U.S. Senate will utilize its rarely invoked powers under the Congressional Review Act (CRA), to overturn a particularly egregious rule of the Trump Administration that disallowed regulation of methane emissions from the oil and gas industry.  The vote reinstates direct regulation of methane for the oil and gas sector […]

April 28, 2021
Super Pollutants

Biden’s World Climate Summit Must Include a Pledge to Tackle Methane Emissions

President Biden has come out swinging on climate change. In his first months as president, his administration has rejoined the Paris Agreement, appointed domestic and international climate czars, and this week proposed an “American Jobs Plan” with sweeping investments in greener infrastructure. All of this, however, is prologue to the highly anticipated April 22 World Climate Summit at […]

April 5, 2021
Super Pollutants

New Mexico needs to drop harmful exemptions from air pollution rules for oil and gas sites

Methane is a terribly harmful climate pollutant – pound for pound, it heats the climate over the next few decades more than eighty times more than carbon dioxide, and it’s currently responsible for about a quarter of the warming we are already experiencing, such as more severe droughts, heatwaves, and wildfires. The largest industrial methane […]

April 5, 2021

Our Efforts

CATF’s super pollutant initiatives are aimed at reducing pollutants that will have the greatest impact on warming the planet over the near term and offer the most promising targets for immediate cleanup. Taken together, efforts to reduce super pollutants globally could prevent more than half a degree C of warming along with numerous other public health and ecological benefits. CATF’s efforts target two of the most concerning short-lived climate pollutants, methane and black carbon. Because these pollutants have a much shorter atmospheric lifespan than CO2, significant cuts in their emissions will yield much faster reductions in planetary warming, as compared to reductions in CO2.

CATF is actively advocating for super pollutant emission reductions in international and domestic venues, supporting scientific research, promoting policy initiatives, encouraging the development of financial incentives for pollution controls, and championing and defending standards that can dramatically reduce emissions of these significant climate pollutants. CATF is currently focused on reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sector and black carbon emissions from oil and gas flaring and the shipping industry as these offer the most promising targets for immediate cleanup through low-cost solutions and readily implementable policy changes.

En Español: Iniciativas de CATF en materia de Contaminantes Climáticos de Vida Corta

 

Our Goal

Catalyze deep, global reductions in methane and black carbon emissions to help stave off the risk of irreversible changes to our climate.
Our Impact In

Super Pollutants

Scope of Work

Research & Analysis: CATF investigates and reports on the negative health and environmental impacts of super pollutants. CATF also evaluates available emission control technologies and techniques to formulate best practices for controlling emissions.

Policy Advocacy: CATF works to develop and implement policy and regulatory solutions for cutting super pollutant emissions that can be applied both in the U.S. as well as internationally. CATF’s main focus is on the oil and gas sector as there is potential for significant reductions in emissions by implementing policies that are based on common sense practices and low cost emission control measures.

Education & Outreach: CATF plays a lead role in several coalitions focused on super pollutant emission cuts, engaging in public education and stakeholder outreach. CATF leads workshops and events to educate other NGOs, governing bodies, industry leaders, and other key allies around the world on the impacts of super pollutants and the best policies and practices for reducing emissions.

Litigation: CATF attorneys represent other NGO client organizations in judicial proceedings and CATF provides expert legal and technical input to the U.S. EPA, Bureau of Land Management, and other regulatory bodies on their super pollutant policies.

Achievements

  • Moved black carbon and methane into mainstream of global environmental campaigning.
  • Helped enact first-ever emission standards on ocean-going ships at the International Maritime Organization.
  • Spurred creation of the global Climate & Clean Air Coalition to drive national action and provide technical assistance for key super pollutant emission reductions.
  • Put super pollutant emission reductions at the center of climate discussions at the Arctic Council.
  • Launched and led an eight-year U.S. Diesel Clean-Up Campaign resulting in many state and federal initiatives including emission limits and over $2 billion in funding that today is substantially reducing U.S. diesel emissions.
  • Catalyzed formation of the U.S. Methane Partners Campaign in 2014, which secured first-ever U.S. federal methane pollution standards for the oil and gas industry in 2016.
  • Helped successfully defend EPA’s methane rule from all attacks to date by the current administration.
  • Supported adoption of strong, nationwide oil and gas methane standards in Mexico and Canada.
  • CATF has been asked to work with many additional nations on oil and gas methane reduction strategies and regulations, with a deep focus currently on Europe and Latin America and emerging projects in other regions.
Current Projects

What We're Working On

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    U.S. Oil and Gas

  • Project

    International Oil and Gas

  • Project

    Other Sources of Methane

  • Project

    Shipping

  • CATF Tool

    Country Methane Abatement Tool