Enteric Methane Emissions Mitigation

Agricultural innovation is urgently needed to develop additional solutions for lowering agricultural methane emissions that can be deployed and scaled rapidly, while ready solutions start to roll out.

Why is it Important?

Agriculture produces 25% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions

Agriculture produces 25% of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions—as much as electricity generation.

Lowering agricultural emissions is urgent, but it won’t be easy. Many additional solutions for cutting agricultural emissions need to be developed. Beyond technological challenges, there are also social and cultural challenges – food is much more intertwined with culture than where your electrons come from.

Spark’s Approach

Spark is working to overcome obstacles and clear a path for dramatic reductions in agricultural emissions

Two of large obstacles impeding reductions in agricultural emissions are a lack of solutions for livestock enteric methane emissions (“cow burps”), and a lack of accessible greenhouse gas measurement technologies. Spark is working on both fronts.

Livestock enteric methane accounts for about 25% of global anthropogenic methane emissions, as much methane as fossil fuel infrastructure leaks, driving about 0.1°C and counting of warming. Existing commercial solutions can partially mitigate enteric emissions from cattle on feedlots and similar facilities, but that’s just a small portion of total enteric methane emissions – less than 10% globally.  Addressing the remaining portion requires systematic research, international development, and sociology investments.


of global anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture


of global anthropogenic methane emissions come from livestock enteric emissions


and counting of warming comes from livestock methane emissions alone

Methane already causes 0.5°C of warming, and methane levels continue to rapidly rise


Job Opportunities In This Area

We're looking for talented, strategic, climate-motivated, and scientifically-driven colleagues to join our team at Spark, including in the following roles related to our exploratory areas:

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