At the G20 Summit, on the eve of the COP26 UN climate conference in Glasgow, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) with support from the European Union launched on October 31 the International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO) to drive global action on reducing methane emissions fulfilling the Paris Agreement.

According to the European Commission, the IMEO will bring global reporting on methane emissions to an entirely different level, ensuring public transparency on anthropogenic methane emissions. IMEO will initially focus on methane emissions from the fossil fuel sector, and then expand to other major emitting sectors like agriculture and waste.

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