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Tasks and Resources Needed at the National Level

Cover page of a working paper titled "Implementing the EU Methane Regulation: Tasks and resources needed at the national level," by Raffaele Piria, Ramiro de la Vega, Leon Martini, and Eike Karola Velten, published by Ecologic Institute in June 2024.

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Tasks and Resources Needed at the National Level

Implementing the EU Methane Regulation Working Paper N° 1


Piria, Raffaele, Ramiro de la Vega, Leon Martini and Eike Karola Velten 2024: Implementing the EU Methane Regulation, Working paper N° 1. Tasks and resources needed at the national level. Ecologic Institute, Berlin. Available at:

The EU Methane Regulation (EU-MER) is crucial for reducing methane emissions from the energy sector, thereby enhancing our chances at achieving the climate targets. This paper describes the tasks of the Member States' responsible ministries and competent authorities, analyses the resources they will need to accomplish them, and provides recommendations for effective planning. 

The impact of the EU-MER will depend on the quality of its implementation. Time is of the essence: Early and strategic planning can improve the quality of implementation while simultaneously decreasing its costs. This publication aims to assist public officers involved in implementing the recently adopted EU-MER at the national level, as well as civil society organisations engaged in the process.

There are two other papers in this series focusing on EU-MER implementation at the national level:


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The authors thank the following people for their support, intellectual contribution and inspiration: Julian Schwartzkopff and Tabea Pottiez (Deutsche Umwelthilfe), Joana Simão Costa and Malcolm McDowell (European Commission), Andrea Trenta, Diego Gavagnin and Tommaso Franci (Amici della terra), Michaela Holl (Agora Energiewende), Edward Calthrope (European Investment Bank), Christian Böttcher (German Federal Environment Agency), Corina Andreea Murafa (Faculty of Business Administration, Bucharest University of Economic Studies), Aart Tacoma (Element nl), Maarten de Vries (CE Delft).
We also thank our colleagues Aaron Best, Agnés Reinsberg, Aleksandra Lempp, Anna Mansilla Urban, Arne Riedel, Benjamin Görlach, Ewa Iwaszuk, Flora Dicke, Jennifer Rahn, Lina-Marie Dück, Meike Lorenz, Paula Schöberlein, Ralf Bodle, Stephan Sina, and Susanne Langsdorf for their contributions and help.

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methane, methane emissions, CH4 emissions, hydrogen, greenhouse gas, EU policies, emissions, venting and flaring, leak detection and repair, climate mitigation, EU Methane Emission Regulation, EU Methane Regulation, LDAR, MRV
analysis, qualitative and quantitative criteria