An Eye on Methane International Methane Emissions Observatory 2022 Report

Roland Kupers, Daniel Zavala-Araiza, Giulia Ferrini, Stefan Schwietzke, Erin Tullos, Cynthia Randles, James France, Luis Guanter, Manfredi Caltagirone, Meghan Demeter, Marci Baranski

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IMEO is on the road:

The International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was launched at the G20 meeting in November 2021; it is now fully operational. The announcement of the Global Methane Pledge, at which countries added their collective commitment to reduce methane emissions, further strengthened the methane ecosystem and affirmed IMEO’s role.

In less than two years, membership of IMEO’s flagship oil and gas reporting and mitigation programme, the Oil and Gas Methane Partnership 2.0 (OGMP 2.0), has expanded to more than 80 companies from around the world, with U.S. companies ConocoPhillips, Devon and Pioneer joining recently. IMEO’s science programme is filling knowledge gaps with studies in Angola, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Colombia, Gabon, Oman, Poland, and Romania, covering oil, gas, coal and waste operations. The U.S. government has joined IMEO’s Implementation Committee, and additional funding discussions are under way with several other governments and foundations.

UNEP is supporting the implementation of the Global Methane Pledge, convened by the U.S. government and
the European Commission, with IMEO and Climate and Clean Air Coalition appointed as core implementing partners. Moreover, IMEO is now covering sources of methane emissions beyond fossil fuels, including waste, rice cultivation and livestock.

At the 27th Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC), to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt in November 2022, IMEO will launch the first iteration of its public “data to action” platform, the Methane Alert and Response System (MARS). IMEO will use this platform to bring together and release emission data collected and integrated from diverse data streams. MARS will be ready to integrate other data as new measurement-based approaches (e.g., newer satellites) become available. This integrated dataset will provide actionable data to companies and governments. It will allow IMEO to corroborate the emissions reported by companies and to characterize changes in emissions over time – thereby tracking progress towards mitigation targets.
Original languageEnglish
TypeUnited Nations Environment Programme Report
Number of pages69
ISBN (Electronic) 978-92-807-3965-7
Publication statusPublished - 2022

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