National Methane Action Plan

Last updated: 15 February 2023

In 2021, the Chinese government announced its intention to develop a National Methane Action Plan under the leadership of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment. This announcement follows the US-China Joint Declaration on Enhancing Climate Action at COP26, which included an increased emphasis on methane monitoring and abatement as a key strategy to reduce GHG emissions. 
The proposed Plan will seek to monitor and control methane emissions through the following actions:
1) Carry out research on methane emission control; 
2) Establish a policy, technology and standard system for methane emission reduction in the fields of coal, oil and gas, waste treatment, etc.; 
3) Strengthen the monitoring, accounting, reporting and verification systems for methane emissions in key areas; 
4) Encourage voluntary methane emission reduction actions in key areas and promote the development of technologies, equipment and industries related to methane utilisation; and 
5) Strengthen international cooperation on methane control policies.
The plan is expected to be released in 2023.

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