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Global Methane Initiative

U.S. Government Global Methane Initiative Accomplishments

GMI Accomplishments Report Cover 2018The U.S. government provides key leadership for two international methane emission reduction efforts:  the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the Climate & Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). The U.S. Government's International Methane Mitigation Activities: 2018 Accomplishments report summaries of the U.S. government’s methane emission reduction accomplishments throughout the world, and also features sector-specific activity highlights during FY 2018.

Report Highlights

Annual Methane Emission Reduction from U.S.-Supported Projects, 2005-2018

With assistance from several agencies—particularly the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. State Department—the U.S. Government has supported identification and implementation of more than 1,100 methane mitigation projects since 2005. These projects have reduced methane emissions by more than 409 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e), including 39.4 MMTCO2e in 2018. Since 2005, U.S. efforts under the auspices of GMI have also identified additional possible mitigation projects with an estimated cumulative potential to reduce another 576 MMTCO2e.


Reductions 2018 2005-2017
Actual Emission Reductions 39362608 369764353
Potential Emission Reductions 71702496 504616834

Year Actual Emission Reductions Potential Emission Reductions
2005 7187446 619183
2006 10204618 675414
2007 12757604 11415794
2008 37931531 15225612
2009 24714184 15530480
2010 28189750 25115665
2011 30576622 28543124
2012 28567065 48067819
2013 32041402 64424147
2014 34926162 69956522
2015 42263301 74714234
2016 40927563 75415221
2017 39477105 74913619
2018 39362608 71702496

Note:  Data are compiled from the GMI’s database of project activities. These data represent the best available yet conservative estimates of emission reductions, including actual emission reductions from projects supported by the U.S. Government and potential emission reductions from other projects identified through U.S. Government efforts.

U.S. Government Funding and Leveraged Funding, FY 2005-FY 2018

U.S. government funding for international methane emission reduction activities from FY 2005 through FY 2018 totaled more than $101 million. U.S. support has leveraged approximately $655.6 million in additional funding from other sources.


Funding Type Funding (million USD)
Total U.S. Government Funding 101.4
Leveraged Funding 655.6

FY 2018 U.S. Expenditures by Activity

U.S. Government funding enables technical assessments, information sharing and capacity building on methane emissions management, as well as GMI partnership activities including in-person and virtual meetings and workshops.


Activity Percentage
Capacity Building 21
Partnerships 53
Information Sharing 8
Assessments 18

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