U.S. floats ideas on methane and clean power
The U.S. has begun preliminary discussions with other nations about setting new clean-energy targets and plans to cut methane emissions.
Driving the news: The administration on Thursday hosted a ministerial-level meeting of the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.
Officials told reporters that the U.S. put concepts on the table, including...
- Countries putting forward specific national action plans on methane this year — even MEF countries that are not part of the existing Global Methane Pledge, which broadly aims for a 30% cut by 2030.
- A collective goal for the share of new installed power capacity this decade that would come from zero-carbon sources.
- A similarly collective goal on the deployment of zero-emissions vehicles.
Yes, but: While the meeting was high-level — Secretary of State Antony Blinken opened it and special climate envoy John Kerry led it — officials described Thursday's session as a way to get conversations started.
- A head of state-level MEF meeting is expected later this year.