- November 16, 2023
European Commission welcomes deal on first-ever EU law to curb methane emissions in the EU and globally
The Commission welcomes the provisional agreement reached today between the European Parliament and Council on a new EU Regulation to reduce energy sector methane emissions in Europe and in our global supply chains. Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas - the second biggest contributor to climate change after carbon dioxide (CO2) - and is also a potent air pollutant. Today's agreement is therefore crucial to delivering the European Green Deal and reducing our net greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55% by 2030. It will oblige the fossil gas, oil and coal industry to properly measure, monitor, report and verify their methane emissions according to the highest monitoring standards, and take action to reduce them. Today's agreement comes just a few weeks ahead of COP28, where the EU will continue its engagement with international partners on reducing methane emissions.
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