Canada Announces Major Improvements to Its Methane Policies at COP Climate Conference

EDF Statement from Ari Pottens, Senior Campaign Manager for Canada

November 10, 2022
Kelsey Robinson, (512) 691-3404,
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Today the Canadian government announced it will make significant improvements to federal regulations that limit methane emissions from the oil and gas sector.

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is fueling the climate crisis. Reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas industry is the fastest and cheapest way to stave off the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.  At last year’s climate conference, Canada announced an ambitious goal to reduce 75% of industry’s methane emissions by 2030. The government also signed on to the Global Methane Pledge, promising to reduce economy-wide methane pollution by 30% on that same timeframe. The actions announced today, once implemented and enforced, will help Canada meet its 2030 goal. 

“Canada is sending a strong signal that it’s serious about cutting methane pollution. It’s critical that new regulations end the wasteful and polluting practice of routine venting and flaring, as well as require more frequent leak inspections and accurate emissions reporting. 

We look forward to working with Environment and Climate Change Canada to ensure these policy changes are strong enough to meet the urgent moment and reaffirm Canada’s leadership on fighting the climate crisis.”

  • Ari Pottens, Senior Campaign Manager for Canada, Environmental Defense Fund

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