September 17 (WNN) — During a climate summit at the White House on Friday, President Joe Biden set a goal of cutting global methane emissions by 30% by the end of 2020.
Biden and several world leaders coordinated on the goals at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate on Friday morning.
The US President said that team effort is necessary to improve health and life around the world as well as the global food supply.
According to The Washington Post, Biden said, “We don’t have a lot of time so we have to act, we all have to, and we have to act now.” “We have to continue to play an important role going forward.
“At this critical juncture, at the start of a pivotal decade, I want to use this platform to build political momentum and consensus to take concrete action.”
Biden led Friday’s summit, which included Secretary of State Antony Blinken, White House Climate Tsar John Kerry, EU President Ursula von der Leyen, South Korean President Moon Jae-in, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, UN Secretary-General were involved. Antonio Guterres, Mexican President Andres Manuel López Obrador, Indonesian President Joco Widodo, Argentine President Alberto Fernández, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and European Council President Charles Michel.
Everyone attended the summit remotely except Biden, Blinken and Carey.
Biden has tried to enlist China and India – the world’s two most carbon-emitting countries – to pledge to cut emissions. So far, those efforts have been unsuccessful.
“Methane emissions reduction is the most important action countries can take to slow global warming over the next few decades,” Nathaniel Keohane, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, told The New York Times.
The president’s virtual meeting took place next month in Glasgow, Scotland, ahead of the UN climate summit, COP26 – and a day later, a UN report said after a brief respite in 2020 due to COVID, global emissions around the world are accelerating. is growing. 19 pandemic.
Biden also held a virtual climate summit with more than 40 leaders in April. The meeting was partly aimed at restoring US leadership on climate change after a significant comeback under former President Donald Trump.
According to the Environmental Protection Agency, methane is a global warming gas that is emitted during the production and transportation of coal, natural gas and oil. Methane emissions also come from the decay of organic waste in livestock and other agricultural practices, land use and municipal solid waste landfills.