Methane

Methane, or CH₄, is a greenhouse gas. This contributes to climate change. One principal source of methane is from livestock farming. Our products counteract methane emissions.

What is methane?

Methane, CH₄, is a greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change. It automatically disappears from the atmosphere. Whereas carbon dioxide can hang around for thousands of years, methane disappears in just a few decades. However, the gas has a markedly warming effect, and is a significant contributor towards global warming. Also known as the greenhouse effect.

60% human contribution

Globally, over 60% of total methane emissions come from human activity.

80x more powerful than CO₂

CH₄ is 80 to 100 times more powerful than CO₂ and contributes greatly towards global warming. One benefit is that it disappears more quickly from the atmosphere.

20% of global warming

Methane is responsible for at least 20% of global warming.

40% reduction by 2030

In order to achieve the climate agreement, by 2030, methane emissions need to be cut by 40-45%.

Sources of emissions

Methane emissions mostly come from livestock farming. Methane is formed in the gut of ruminant farmed animals such as cows, sheep and goats. These animals then release the gas. Methane is also generated at landfills in the form of decomposed waste.

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Impact on people and nature

Suppression of oxygen supply 

Inhaling a high concentration of methane may lead to shortness of breath, headache, drowsiness and unconsciousness. It is an oxygen displacer. 

Contribution to climate change

Since pre-industrial times, methane has been responsible for around 20% of global warming. Climate change results in more extreme weather with heavy rain, flooding and heat waves.

Formation of tropospheric ozone

Methane is a key precursor gas of the harmful pollutant, tropospheric ozone. Worldwide, increased methane emissions are responsible for half the rise in ozone concentrations in the troposphere. 

How does satellite data help?

Our data can be the foundation for reducing methane emissions.