RECATH: Opportunities for enhancing the work of the regional climate action transparency hub on methane issues

Publication date: 06 June 2024



The Regional Hub for Transparency of Climate Action in Central Asia presented its work at the 2024 Asian Methane convening.

The 2024 Asian Methane Convening was held in Seoul, South Korea, from May 22 to 24, 2024. The Convening provided a critical platform for discussing methane emissions among countries in the Asian region, strategizing and collaborating among stakeholders in the region on methane emission reduction. The event, organized by Solutions for Our Climate (SFOC) and Global Methane Hub, brought together experts, policymakers and industry leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration, share knowledge and outline practical steps to effectively address methane emissions.

The event was addressed by Mr. Jungwon Do, Head of Climate Change Implementation Team, Chungcheongnam-do Provincial Government, South Korea, and Jinsung Roh, Head of Industry and Methane Division at SFOC, their keynotes were an overview of the methane landscape in Asia and trends in the global context.

The keynote presentations provided insights into the global methane landscape with a focus on Asia. Sessions covered policies and actions to reduce methane emissions in countries such as China, Japan and Australia, and the development of improved systems for inventory proposed from leading expert organizations.

Strategy sessions aimed at identifying cross-regional opportunities and challenges were an important part of the meeting. The breakout discussions facilitated exchanges among participants from Central Asia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, and other countries, identifying common goals and challenges across sectors. Strategy sessions helped to develop possible action plans, focusing on areas such as coal, oil and gas, and utilizing industry opportunities to reduce methane emissions. There was also a session on experience sharing between frontline organizations representing work on emissions estimation and mitigation policy development, where participants shared success stories, tactics, and tools for working to reduce methane emissions. Research and use of data, engaging corporations and policymakers, and effective communication strategies were discussed. The session culminated with the co-creation of a draft "Asian Methane Energy Action Plan (Timeline) for 2024 and Beyond," highlighting the collective determination to maximize the shared climate impact across the region.

The ReCATH project, represented by project specialist Ms. Kravtsova Oxana, presented the work being done in the Central Asia region on greenhouse gas inventories, currently focused on carbon dioxide (CO2) and hydrofluorocarbons (HFC), and presented an assessment of gaps and needs in the CA region in building monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) systems, as well as transparency of climate action in Central Asia, shedding light on gaps in ongoing emissions assessments and the need to develop strategies for mitigating climate change in Central Asia.

Kravtsova Oxana: "Methane emissions pose a significant threat to our climate, but also present tremendous opportunities for innovation and collaboration. By addressing methane leakage and implementing robust mitigation strategies, Central Asia can not only limit its environmental impact, but also promote sustainable economic growth."

The Asian Methane Congress 2024 in Seoul played an important role in fostering cooperation, knowledge sharing and strategic planning to effectively address methane emissions. The event demonstrated the commitment of stakeholders to work together towards a sustainable and low-carbon future.

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The ReCATH project, an implementation of the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT), aims to support countries in developing a robust and transparent framework for effective implementation of the Paris Agreement. Using transparency modeling methodologies and tools developed by ICAT, ReCATH aims to improve measurement, reporting and verification (MRV) systems critical for tracking the progress of climate action, developing effective climate policies, and mobilizing climate finance.

More information:

Dilovarsho Dustzoda, ReCATH Project Manager, recath_manager@carececo.org

Kravtsova Oksana, ReCATH Project Specialist, okravtsova@carececo.org

ICAT website: www.climateactiontransparency.org

Project page: https://carececo.org/main/activity/projects/recath

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