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S. Korea joins Global Methane Pledge aiming to cut methane emissions by 30% Updated: 2021-10-26 04:43:03 KST


South Korea is joining the global commitment to cut methane emissions, by signing up to the Global Methane Pledge.
According to the Trade Ministry on Monday, the U.S. and EU-led initiative aims to cut global methane emissions by at least 30 percent in the coming decade, and South Korea plans to cut its emissions by the same amount.
Methane is one of the six greenhouse gases designated by the Kyoto Protocol and is responsible for around a third of all global warming.
It also accounts for around half of the 1 degree Celsius net rise in the global average temperature since the pre-industrial era.
In 2018,. South Korea emitted some 28 million tons of methane, mainly in the agriculture, waste and energy sectors.
By 2030, the country aims to cut that down to 19.7 million tons.
The agriculture sector accounts for 43 percent of South Korea's total emissions, and that largely comes from rice cropping and livestock excretions.
The government plans to improve water in rice paddies and better treat animal waste.
The waste sector, which takes up one third of emissions will focus on reducing food waste as well as reinforcing landfill facilities.
The last 22 percent, coming from energy sector, will be reduced through improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of green energy.
The government says the pledge complements its plans to make the country carbon neutral by 2050.
Kim Sung-min, Arirang News.
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