2nd November, Glasgow - Commenting on the announcement at COP26 of a US/EU led pledge to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030, Murray Worthy, Gas Campaign Leader at Global Witness said:

“World leaders are right to target methane emissions but todays announcement falls short of the 45% reduction that the UN say is necessary to keep global warming below 1.5°C.

“We know just how devastating methane emissions are, as does the fossil fuel industry. Yet there is no way the world can cut methane emissions fast enough while the oil and gas industry is still growing. The single most effective way of stopping methane emissions is also incredibly simple - phase out the use of climate-wrecking fossil fuels.”