Brazil Will Increase Methane Emissions by 7% by 2030, Has Potential to Reduce 36%

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Brazil Will Increase Methane Emissions by 7% by 2030, Has Potential to Reduce 36%

Brazil can reduce its methane emissions by 36% by 2030 compared to 2020 levels, just by expanding existing policies and measures to control emissions in polluting sectors. In other words, all it takes is political will to do so, says an unprecedented study presented Oct. 17 by organizations that are part of the Climate Observatory.

With the effective implementation of existing policies and technologies, the country could reach – and exceed – the target established at the end of 2021 with the Global Methane Commitment, signed by 122 countries, including Brazil, during the UN Climate Conference ( COP-26), held in Glasgow. The global target set is a 30% reduction by 2030.

To date, the Brazilian government has not presented any official plan or target for cuts in methane.

“This is very important work, it is part of the agenda to combat climate change and it is a homework that we in civil society are doing that the government obviously did not do. The government should do this work, call those who understand the matter to put together a plan for Brazil, in order to fulfill this commitment that was signed. But we already know the government we have and it will not do it and we are not going to wait for it to do it,” said Márcio Astrini, executive secretary of the Climate Observatory.

This is a summary. Read the full story in Portuguese on ((o))eco's website.

This story was produced as part of the 2022 Climate Change Media Partnership, a journalism fellowship organized by Internews' Earth Journalism Network and the Stanley Center for Peace and Security. It was first published in Portuguese by ((o))eco on 17 October and has been lightly edited for length and clarity.

Banner image: Of the total methane emitted into the atmosphere by Brazil, 72% comes from livestock and agriculture / Credit: Márcio Isensee e Sá.

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