US Department of State
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson’s Office
November 11, 2022
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The text of the following statement was issued by the governments of the United States of America, the European Union, Japan, Canada, Norway, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.
The United States, the European Union, Japan, Canada, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom are all committed to taking swift action to address the world’s two-faceted climate and energy security crises.
We affirm the need to accelerate the global transition to clean energy and admit that our relentless dependence on fossil fuels leaves us vulnerable to market volatility and geopolitical challenges.
We also recognize that under IPCC scenarios aligned with a 1.5°C warming limit, fossil fuel consumption will continue at rapidly decreasing levels as the global energy transition transitions. As such, we argue that significantly reducing emissions of methane, carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases across the fossil fuel energy value chain is a necessary complement to energy decarbonisation to limit global warming to 1.5°C.
Take immediate action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil energy production and consumption, and in particular to reduce methane emissions. We argue that reducing methane and other greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels will increase energy security by reducing the routine, avoidable burning, venting and leakage that waste natural gas. We also note that these measures would improve health outcomes by eliminating black carbon and other associated air pollutants.
We call on fossil fuel importers to reduce methane emissions associated with their energy consumption which can catalyze emissions reductions throughout the value chain and we call on fossil fuel producers to launch projects, policies and support measures to achieve fossil fuel emission reductions. He brought energy.
We call for global action to reduce methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector as much as possible with a view to reducing warming by 0.1°C over the middle century, consistent with Energy International’s findings on the effects of full deployment of technology. by protecting mitigation in the area by reducing warming in the short term.
We confirm the call to action under the Global Methane Commitment to reduce anthropogenic and collective methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels as a key strategy to reduce near-term warming and maintain the potential target of 1.5°C. percentage We recognize that the fossil energy sector must take the lead in rapidly reducing methane emissions because of the abundance of technically feasible and cost-effective mitigation measures required in the fossil energy sector in the Methane Energy Pact.
Recognizing the urgent need to reduce emissions from fossil energy value chains, they are committed to working towards an international market for fossil energy that reduces combustion, methane and carbon dioxide emissions throughout the value chain as much as possible, and also works to reduce consumption. fossil fuels We support the development of frameworks or standards for fossil energy suppliers to provide consumers with accurate, transparent and reliable information on methane and carbon dioxide emissions associated with their value chains.
We will support domestic and international actions to achieve emission reductions throughout the fossil energy value chain, including through:
Adopt policies and measures for rapid and sustainable reductions in methane and carbon dioxide emissions throughout the fossil fuel value chain;
Adopt plans and measures such as routines to eliminate scalding and burning and regular leak detection and detection activities and repair campaigns in oil and gas exploration, downstream production operations and.
Adopt policies and measures to capture, use or destroy methane in the coal sector to the extent permitted, including through pre-mining drainage, coal mine methane destruction, and air methane destruction.
Plans to develop or greatly stimulate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions associated with fossil energy imports.
Apply policies and measures for robust measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of methane emissions in the fossil energy sector and to ensure transparency of related information in a secure manner;
Adopt policies and measures to improve the accuracy of methane emissions data and emphasize the need to strengthen GHG inventories, including through better data availability and direct measurements at the source of gas and oil fields, to move to a higher IPCC level. Quantitative methods for estimating emissions include direct measurement, random sampling, emission factors, and other government agency-approved approaches and monitoring, reporting, and verification mechanisms when new data become available.
It is a framework or standards to improve the accuracy, availability, and transparency of the industry’s methane emissions and fossil fuel emissions intensity data of interest, portfolio, jurisdiction and region, including consideration of accepted protocols such as the Oil and Gas Methane Association Standard 2.0 and its tools, such as independent verification, which support robust data collection and reporting.
Support international efforts to improve the measurement, monitoring, reporting and verification of methane emissions and the transparency of such data, including through partnership with UNEP’s International Methane Emissions Observatory and other multilateral partners.
Better quality methane data on fossil fuels, including abandoned wells and mines, non-commercial operations or unused infrastructure.
Encouraging companies to reduce emissions of methane and carbon dioxide in international fossil fuel value chains;
They arrange for public, municipal and private producers and buyers of fossil energy to benefit from contracts and other instruments, for the opportunity to carry out carbon dioxide emissions of methane and carbon emissions from fossil energy commercial energy, including efforts to reduce the intensity of methane and other gases released per unit of energy.
Companies are encouraged to participate in the Common Oil and Gas Methane Consortium Standard 2.0.
Mobilizing technical assistance and financing to mitigate methane and carbon dioxide emissions in the fossil energy sector:
Provision of technical support and investment to increase emissions of methane and carbon dioxide throughout the fossil energy value chain.
Develop financial instruments and achieve financial standards for the mitigation of methane and carbon dioxide emissions from the fossil energy sector.
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