Global Methane Initiative

Canada fights climate change and air pollution around the world. We are active in the Global Methane Initiative and will host the Global Methane Forum in 2018. Learn how we are involved.

Global Methane Initiative

The Global Methane initiative (GMI) is an international partnership aimed at reducing methane pollution. It also aims to advance the recovery and use of methane as a cleaner energy source. In June 2017, the initiative had a total of 43 partner countries and over 1,300 project network members. These members came from the private sector, the research community, development banks and other governmental and non-governmental organizations.

GMI's efforts are focused in 5 key areas:

  • oil and gas systems
  • landfills
  • agriculture
  • municipal waste and wastewater
  • coal mining

The initiative’s primary activities include:

  • build capacity to inform  technical and policy solutions to reduce methane emissions
  • assess methane project opportunities in specific sectors
  • develop and sharing best practices
  • support development of methane action plans

Global Methane Forum 2018

On April 16 to 18, 2018, Canada will host the Global Methane Forum jointly with the GMI and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). This event will be held in Toronto, Canada. In 2016, the forum was hosted in Washington, D.C., United States, and attracted over 500 attendees from 62 countries. This is a premiere event to discuss the reduction of methane emissions and advance:

  • science
  • policy
  • technology innovation
  • project financing

The forum will be followed by the governance meeting of the CCAC Working Group from April 19 to 20 (same location).

For more information and to register, please visit the Global Methane Forum 2018 website.

Canada’s involvement

Since 2005, Canada has been an active member that has funded a variety of projects. We also participated in the Steering Committee and subcommittees. We are currently co-chairing the Global Methane Initiative. 

As part of this role, we are responsible for the following:

  • provide strategic leadership to the Steering Committee
  • host a Steering Committee annual meeting
  • co-chair the oil and gas subcommittee
  • co-chair the newly created biogas subcommittee
  • participate in the coal mining subcommittee

Since 2005, the Government of Canada has invested close to $7.8 million in projects through the GMI to reduce methane emissions in developing countries. This investment was matched by more than $12 million in contributions from  government and non-government partners. These projects include a wide range of activities. They also provide collaboration with other GMI member countries. Specifically, these project activities:

  • help reduce fugitive methane emissions in the oil and gas sector in China, Mexico and Colombia
  • address methane from landfills in Mexico, Chile and Colombia.

Outside of the GMI, Canada is contributing to other global initiatives designed to reduce methane emissions, including:


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