Methane is the second largest greenhouse gas contributing to climate change. However, its impact on the climate remains underestimated. Therefore it is a key issue, of global scope, and without minimizing the need for action to reduce CO2 emissions, greater sensitivity to methane mitigation could lead to significant results in cutting greenhouse gas emissions, in North and South alike. The Veolia Institute and its partners intend to contribute to COP21 by sharing concrete solutions that can be implemented in the short term to combat climate change.
Participants will exchange scientific knowledge, explore available mitigation options in the major emitting sectors—agriculture, oil and gas and waste—and discuss economic and financial mechanisms that would facilitate the development of these solutions for meeting the climate challenge.
This project has been thought in two stages to ensure a wider hearing closer to the decision makers.
- An international conference before COP21
The Veolia Institute organized, in association with the Agence Française de Développement and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, an international conference on innovative solutions to reduce methane emissions. The conference was held on November 9, 2015 in Paris at the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (ESEC) from 10 am to 6.30 pm. This conference had the institutional support of the French government illustrated by the official "COP21" label.
- Two side events on the official venue of COP21
The two side events aim to further disseminate the outcomes of our international Conference on methane.
Side event no. 1: in the official restricted area at Paris-Le Bourget, on December 8, from 13:15 to 14:45 in room 8, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).
Side event no. 2: in the climate Generations areas at Paris-Le Bourget, on December 8, from 15:15 to 16:45 in room 10, in partnership with the Agence française de Développement and the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.
- Widen awareness on the importance for the climate of action on methane
- Contribute to a collective and global dynamics
- Bring together scientists and advocates of innovative actions
- Share concrete solutions that can be deployed on a large scale
- A global approach by addressing scientific thinking, practical field solutions, and economic activities in one event
- An international panel of renowned and highly qualified experts
- Relevant case studies from Northern and Southern countries