Methane Reduction: The Fastest Way to Reduce Global Warming

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco
06 Nov 2023
7:00 PM
Sun Room, Memorial Union
  • Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm Conference
  • Committee on Lectures (funded by Student Government)

Marcelo Mena-Carrasco is CEO of the Global Methane Hub, an international alliance for developing and implementing global methane reduction solutions. In 2021, he launched the Global Methane Pledge, with over 110 countries, including the U.S., signing on to reduce methane emissions by more than 30% by 2030. Previously, Mena-Carrasco served as climate change advisor and practice manager for the World Bank, as minister and vice minister for the environment in Chile, and as co-chair for the Climate and Clean Air Coalition.

He is a recipient of awards from the United Nations Environment Programme, Oceans Unite, National Geographic Society, and others for his work on promoting renewable energy, air pollution control, carbon taxation, and the creation of over 1 million square kilometers of marine protected areas, and 45,000 square kilometers of national parks in Patagonia. A biochemical engineer by training, Mena-Carrasco received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Iowa.

Dr. Marcelo Mena-Carrasco's lecture is a part of the Anaerobic Digestion on the Farm -- Optimizing Environmental and Economic Outcomes for Rural Communities and Beyond conference, hosted at Iowa State University, November 6-8. ISU faculty, staff, and students and community members throughout the region are invited to register for the entire conference. Registration is open through October 27, with early-bird registration closing October 6. 

The conference is hosted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 7, Iowa State University, and the University of Iowa. It will feature presentations, exhibits, and discussion panel sessions covering a variety of anaerobic digestion topics. The conference will also include virtual tours of anaerobic digestion facilities and a poster session. A full conference agenda and registration information are available on EPA’s conference webpage

This lecture was recorded and can be viewed on the Available Recordings page.