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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Global Methane Initiative (GMI)?
  2. GMI is an international public-private partnership focused on reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source. The initiative provides technical support to deploy methane-to-energy projects around the world as well as information resources through its extensive online library featuring best practices, technical tools and resources, and more.

    To support this effort, GMI collaborates with its Partner Countries and more than 700 Project Network members to exchange information and technical resources to advance methane mitigation in three key sectors: Oil & Gas, Biogas, and Coal Mines.

    Additionally, GMI works with other international organizations focused on methane recovery and use, including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    View or download the fact sheet.

  3. What countries are participating in the GMI?
  4. GMI includes 45 Partner Countries, which together represent approximately 75 percent of the world's estimated man-made methane emissions.

    Representatives of national governments with an interest in promoting methane projects can request to join GMI at any time.

  5. What are the commitments of Partner Countries?
  6. Participating countries sign the Terms of Reference, which outlines the purpose, organizational structure, and functions of GMI. This document also outlines more specific activities to be undertaken by GMI, such as:

    • Identify cost-effective opportunities to recover methane emissions for energy production.
    • Address barriers to project development (e.g., legal, regulatory, financial, institutional).
    • Foster cooperation among Partner Countries, the private sector, and other organizations.

    All Partners are also encouraged to develop GMI Partner Action Plans using the Action Planning guidance (2013, PDF, 7 pp, 191 KB). Partner Action Plans identify the overall vision for a Partner's participation in GMI, outline key country activities and priorities, and provide a mechanism to advance cooperation among Partners by identifying needs and opportunities. The GMI Steering Committee asks that Partners submit their plans to the Administrative Support Group for posting.

  7. What are the benefits of methane emission reductions?
  8. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Over its 12-year lifetime in the atmosphere, it traps 28 times more heat than carbon dioxide, resulting in a stronger influence on warming. Methane’s short atmospheric lifetime also means that reductions today can make an immediate impact to slow warming. These reductions result in many benefits including:

    • Decreased greenhouse gases
    • Better air and water quality
    • Improved human health
    • Increased worker safety
    • Enhanced energy security
    • Expanded economic growth

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