Institute for Governance & Sustainable Development

  • September 17, 2021

    U.S.- EU Launch Pledge to Cut Super Climate Pollutant Methane

    The United States and the European Union launched a global pledge to reduce methane emissions by nearly a third by 2030, as part of a broader effort to increase ambition to address the climate crisis. The launch was announced at the Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate hosted today by President Biden. This is the first time heads of State have pledged fast action to cut super climate pollutants to meet the 1.5°C temperature target of the Paris Agreement.

IGSD works to promote just and sustainable societies and to protect the environment by advancing the understanding, development, and implementation of effective, and accountable systems of governance for sustainable development.

  • 11 Oct

    U.S., EU Expand Support for Fast Cuts to Methane

    The U.S. and EU announced today that an additional 24 countries have committed to join their Global Methane Pledge unveiled jointly in September. The pledge is now backed by 9 of the top 20 methane-emitting countries. The entire group accounts for 60% of the global economy. John Kerry and Franz Timmermans encouraged those countries already joining to recruit  other countries to join the pledge, with a goal of at least 100 countries by COP 26 in Glasgow.
  • 9 Oct

    Climate critical: methane [interview]

    While the world often focuses on carbon dioxide emissions, another far more potent greenhouse gas is attracting far less attention. Methane has 80 times the warming power as CO2. Cutting methane can be one of the fastest fixes for our warming planet. Durwood Zaelke, president of IGSD, joins the BBC to discuss.
  • 8 Oct

    EPA Accepts Petitions to Eliminate Super Polluting HFCs

    By accepting petitions to phase out HFCs submitted under the technology transition authority of the American Innovation and Manufacturing Act, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is taking overdue action to stop the use of super polluting hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) in refrigeration and air conditioning, aerosols, and foams sectors where safer alternatives are available.
  • 1 Oct

    Glasgow meeting seen as crucial to stopping catastrophic heating (interview)

    IGSD President Durwood Zaelke answers the question “how much further do governments have to go in Glasgow compared to what they signed up in the Paris agreement?”. Zaelke reminds us, "we have to show that we can cut emissions right now, deeply, through 2030. That is the only way we are going to be able to stay in the marathon through 2050… And the first thing we have to do is to cut methane emissions."