Azerbaijan joins Global Methane Pledge, vows substantial emission reductions

Azerbaijan announced its participation in the "Global Methane Pledge," a global initiative that voluntary commitments of states towards reducing global methane emissions, on February 28th.

Azerbaijan is prepared to join international efforts aimed at achieving a minimum 30% reduction in global methane emissions by 2030, SIA reports.

The "Global Methane Pledge" was introduced in 2021 during the COP26 Climate Change Conference in Glasgow by the United States and the European Union as a global commitment to reduce methane emissions. The objective of the pledge is to collectively limit methane emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to levels in 2020. Currently, 155 countries have declared their adherence to this international commitment, with approximately half of global methane pollution attributed to these nations.

Azerbaijan, having ratified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in 1995 and the Kyoto Protocol in 2000, has been actively participating in international efforts to mitigate the adverse effects of global climate change. In its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) document, Azerbaijan aims to maintain a 35% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions causing a warming effect by 2030, compared to the base year of 1990. The renewed document in 2023 now sets a new commitment, targeting a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions causing a warming effect by 2050. Additionally, Azerbaijan has announced the goal of transforming the economic regions of Karabakh and Eastern Zangazur into decarbonization zones by 2050.

Azerbaijan's decision to join the "Global Methane Pledge" reinforces its position as a reliable "green" energy ally on the world stage. As a responsible member of the international community, Azerbaijan consistently provides significant support and contributions to joint global efforts related to climate policies, encouraging increased initiatives towards "green" objectives. The hosting of the 29th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP29) in Azerbaijan further exemplifies the international recognition and trust placed in the country for its commitment and contributions to combating global climate change.

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