Articles | Volume 12, issue 19
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 9079–9096, 2012
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 12, 9079–9096, 2012

Research article 04 Oct 2012

Research article | 04 Oct 2012

Global anthropogenic methane emissions 2005–2030: technical mitigation potentials and costs

L. Höglund-Isaksson L. Höglund-Isaksson
  • International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

Abstract. This paper presents estimates of current and future global anthropogenic methane emissions, their technical mitigation potential and associated costs for the period 2005 to 2030. The analysis uses the GAINS model framework to estimate emissions, mitigation potentials and costs for all major sources of anthropogenic methane for 83 countries/regions, which are aggregated to produce global estimates. Global emissions are estimated at 323 Mt methane in 2005, with an expected increase to 414 Mt methane in 2030. The technical mitigation potential is estimated at 195 Mt methane in 2030, whereof about 80 percent is found attainable at a marginal cost less than 20 Euro t−1 CO2eq when using a social planner cost perspective. With a private investor cost perspective, the corresponding fraction is only 30 percent. Major uncertainty sources in emission estimates are identified and discussed.

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