At COP26, Scientists, Policy Experts Call on World Leaders to Support Atmospheric Methane Removal & Emissions Cuts

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Contacts:      

In New York:  Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, +1 914 589 5988

In Glasgow at COP26:  Daphne Wysham, daphne@methaneaction.org, +44(0)7717102395

At COP26, Scientists, Policy Experts Call on World Leaders to Support Atmospheric Methane Removal Plus Methane Emissions Cuts to Avoid 1.5 Degrees C Rise in Temperatures

[Glasgow – November 2] Methane Action, a nonprofit group of scientists, lawyers and policy experts, today delivered to the U.S. delegation and other delegates and observers at COP26 a statement signed by leading scientists and policy experts supporting a Declaration on  Reducing Atmospheric Methane (DRAM), a framework for action combining aggressive methane emissions reduction with removing methane from the atmosphere.

The letter, whose signatories include Michael MannGus Speth, and other field leaders from ten countries, call on world leaders including President Biden to use their executive authorities to adopt the Declaration, which would establish governance and a specific timeline for developing, testing, and deploying methane removal technologies on an urgent basis.  The Declaration is being presented at COP26 as the “Glasgow DRAM.”  It could also be adopted by any national, state, or city government independent of COP26.

Methane Action further called on President Biden to sign a draft Executive Order on Climate Restoration.  “The President and the world need not be stymied by Senator Manchin and others in Washington blocking new U.S. investment in restoring the climate,” said Daphne Wysham, CEO of Methane Action.  “He could use his executive power to sign the draft order, which would spur action to remove legacy greenhouse gases already emitted into the atmosphere, particularly methane. That would complement his January 20 Executive Order limiting greenhouse gas emissions and the US-EU Methane Pledge, now signed by over 100 countries.”

“Several methane removal methods are ready for a programmatic environmental impact assessment, a key step in ensuring all affected communities and agencies have a role in the process of testing and deploying them,” Wysham said. “An initial independent assessment is already being done on one promising method. The EPA should take up the reins and complete the assessments, consultations with affected communities, and controlled field trials on the schedule set out in the Glasgow DRAM.”

At COP26, scientists and policy experts are giving a series of briefings on methane removal, including an EU Pavilion COP26 side event which was held on Monday, November 1, “Beyond Cutting Methane Emissions: Why We Need to Enhance Atmospheric Methane Oxidation.” You can watch the recording of it here

On Wednesday, November 3, 11:00am Glasgow time, the Methane Pavilion at COP26 will host a briefing on “The Methane Removal Imperative:  Why Methane Removal is Needed to Keep Warming Below 1.5 Degrees, and How Research and Governance Are Evolving to Enable It.”  Another Methane Pavilion briefing on “Restoring Atmospheric Methane to Pre-Industrial Levels:  Current Research on Methane Removal Technologies and Their Benefits” will take place Monday, November 8 at 16:00/4:00pm Glasgow time.  Journalists and bloggers are invited to attend and cover.

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NOTE TO EDITORS AND PRODUCERS:  Daphne Wysham and other expert sources at COP26 are available for comment and interviews on request.  To arrange an interview, or for information on how to join upcoming methane removal briefings at the COP online, please contact Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, +1 914 589 5988

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