The Obama administration this week announced long-awaited measures to slash U.S. emissions of methane—a potent greenhouse gas and the main component of natural gas—by 40 to 45 percent from 2012 levels in the next 10 years, according to a recent article by National Geographic.

The U.S. proposal comes in advance of another round of United Nations-led climate talks later this year in Paris that aim to finalize a new global accord to slow global warming, the article states. Countries are expected, in the next few months, to announce their commitments.

The plan calls for standards that directly address methane, rather than seeking cuts that are a by-product of reducing other pollution. “From the wellhead to processing facilities to the supply lines that carry natural gas to where it is used, eight million tons of methane were released into the air in 2014,” the article states.

To read the National Geographic article, click here.