USA Announces Stricter Rules for Methane Emissions

Kamala Harris

In the fight against global warming, the United States aims to reduce emissions of climate-damaging methane. Ali Zaidi, the climate advisor to US President Biden, and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced new standards on Saturday at the World Climate Conference in Dubai. These standards are intended to obligate oil and gas producers to address methane leaks.

Additionally, boreholes are to be better monitored to prevent the unintended release of gas.

Vice President Kamala Harris, representing US President Joe Biden at the summit, emphasized that the United States and other nations must act boldly to address the consequences of climate change.

More Harmful Than CO2

The urgency of this moment is clear,” said Harris. “The clock is not just ticking anymore. It’s pounding. And we must make up for lost time.

Methane, the second most significant greenhouse gas, escapes during the extraction of coal, oil, and natural gas, among other processes. Although it remains in the atmosphere for a shorter period, it is more harmful than CO2.

With these measures, the United States aims to prevent the emission of an estimated 58 million tons of methane by 2038, equivalent to 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide, according to reports.

Two years ago, the United States, along with the European Union, launched an international initiative to address the methane issue collectively. More than 150 countries have since joined this initiative.