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.
U.S. and EU introduce Global Methane Pledge to cut methane
U.S. President Joe Biden and EU President Ursula von der Leyen introduced today a landmark new Global Methane Pledge to collectively reduce methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030. Sarah Smith, Program Director, Super Pollutants calls the pledge “a tremendous display of ambition, and a clear sign that some world leaders now recognize theSuper Pollutants
Introducing the Life Cycle Assessment Tool
Widespread climate mitigation efforts have triggered energy transitions from coal to natural gas in many regions all over the world. Liquefied Natural Gas, or LNG, has been growing rapidly, and many nations view LNG as a significant source of energy they can use now and into the future. Though the use of natural gas, rather […]Super Pollutants
Smart Methane Policy to Reduce EU Emissions
We advocate for smart methane policy that can reduce emissions in Europe and around the world. This year, we have finally seen methane grab headlines around the world. Now that the problem is widely known, what can be done about it? Our methane policy recommendations fall into five core areas. Click below to read the […]Super Pollutants
IPCC’s New Assessment Report highlights the urgency of sharp reductions in methane
Monday’s release of the UN’s newest climate report highlighted the fact that climate change is happening now; poses severe challenges to society; is attributable to human activities; and will get progressively worse and more harmful without dramatic cuts in emissions. The report also clearly identifies methane abatement as a critical means of limiting future warming. In comparison to […]Super Pollutants
United Nations’ International Maritime Organization Fails to Take Effective Action on the Arctic Climate Crisis
Last month, after five years of extensive deliberations and calls from Indigenous communities and environmental organizations to ban the use of heavy fuel oil by ships operating in the Arctic, the United Nations’ International Maritime Organization formally adopted a partial ban that is filled with loopholes that will leave the Arctic vulnerable to the risks […]
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.
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.
- 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.
What We're Working On
U.S. Oil and Gas
International Oil and Gas
Other Sources of Methane
Country Methane Abatement Tool
- Our Work in Shipping
- Our Work in International Oil and Gas
- Our Work in U.S. Oil and Gas
- Other Sources of Methane
- Oil and Gas Methane Mitigation Program
- Programa de Mitigación de Metano del Sector Petróleo y Gas
- CoMAT – CATF’s Country Methane Abatement Tool
- Country Methane Abatement Tool (CoMAT) de CATF (Español)
Meet our staff members working in super pollutants.
International Director, Super Pollutants
Technical and Policy Manager
Program Director, Super Pollutants
Campaign Manager, Super Pollutants
Senior Counsel and Legal Director