Methane emissions from fossil fuels close to being the highest ever

Methane emissions from fuel use in 2023 were close to being the highest ever at 120 million tonnes (Mt), according to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Global Methane Tracker 2024.

Of the 120 Mt of methane that escaped into the atmosphere, around 80 Mt came from the top 10 emitter countries.

The United States, being the largest emitter of methane from oil and gas operations, topped the list, followed by Russia.

While studies suggested emissions are falling in some regions, overall emissions remain far too high to meet the world’s climate goals.

Satellite data showed that large methane emissions rose by more than 50 per cent in 2023 compared to 2022.