An artist’s rendering of MethaneSAT, a satellite EDF is building to track and measure methane worldwide, in orbit above Earth with a starry sky in the background.

Cutting methane pollution to slow climate change

The problem: Methane pollution released this year will warm the planet more in the next decade than carbon dioxide emitted from burning fossil fuels. While cutting methane is the single fastest way to slow the rate of global warming, current efforts fall far short of the drastic reductions we need.

What we’re doing about it: Through research and advocacy, we’ve been driving global action to cut methane pollution for over a decade, and we built a methane-tracking satellite to help scale reductions worldwide. Our goal is to reduce global methane emissions from the energy and agricultural sectors by at least 30% below 2020 levels by 2030.

Methane pollution by the numbers

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    How much more potent methane is than carbon dioxide in the near term

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    Cost of wasted gas emitted by U.S. oil and gas companies per year, enough to fuel 10 million homes in the U.S.

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    Amount of methane reductions the oil and gas industry can achieve globally using technologies available today, two-thirds of it at no net cost

Our methane experts

We bring wide-ranging perspectives and skills to our work on methane. Meet some of the people who make it happen.

Staff perspective

By emitting even a little bit of methane, humankind is greatly accelerating the rate of climate change.

Steven Hamburg

Chief Scientist

Media contact

Lauren Whittenberg

(512) 691-3437 (office)

(512) 784-2161 (mobile)