The Methane Platform

Enabling Positive Climate Policy Engagement

How to Use This Platform

Introduction: The Global Methane Policy Landscape

Since the Global Methane Pledge was announced at COP26 in November 2021, there has been limited progress in implementing methane regulations around the world. InfluenceMap's analysis shows that industry actors have largely opposed efforts to develop ambitious methane policy and regulation.

The maps below illustrate a breakdown in global methane emissions by country, as well as which countries have signed onto the Global Methane Pledge. They also show the current policy landscape for methane regulations in the oil and gas sector and agricultural sector, which have been chosen because they form the largest two contributors to anthropogenic methane emissions. The analysis suggests a disconnect between the number of countries supporting voluntary methane emission reduction targets, and regions that have implemented methane regulation for these key, high-emitting sectors.

Use the maps below to explore the global methane policy landscape and then use the Policy Tracker and Narrative Tracker tools to understand how companies and industry are engaging with the policies currently in play.

InfluenceMap maintains the world’s leading database of corporate and industry association lobbying of climate policy around the globe, covering over 400 companies and 200 industry groups globally. Full details of what our metrics mean are contained within the info icons. A full explanation of our methodology can be found here.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), has emphasized the importance of significant reductions in methane emissions to ensure global warming can be limited to 1.5°C by 2050. In its April 2022 Report, the IPCC indicated that to limit global warming to 1.5°C and meet the Paris Agreement's objectives, methane emissions need to be reduced by around 33% by 2030, and 50% by 2050. Using data from the International Energy Agency's Methane Tracker Data Explorer, the map below shows total methane emissions produced by country.