Coal Mine Methane
The Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE) that promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines. Its activities on recovery and use of methane reduce the risks of explosions in coal mines.
The principal activity of the Group of Experts on CMM is development and dissemination of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Recovery in Coal Mines. Read more
Geneva 18 October - The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has released the second edition of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines. Since the first edition was published in 2010, the industry practice and regulations have evolved, and this second edition captures the most critical developments. The second edition also includes additional case studies that illustrate the application of the best practices in coal mines worldwide. The principles-based second edition of Best Practice Guidance does not replace national or international laws and regulations. Rather, it complements them through a holistic approach to safer and more effective methane management practices.
What is coal mine methane?
In an interview given to Ducascopy TV, The Chair of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Raymond Pilcher and the Vice Chair Clark Talkington explain in layman’s terms the importance of sustainable management of methane in coal mines.
Following recent changes in the structure of the Polish Government, the Polish Oil and Gas Company (PGNiG), and the Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute (PIG-PIB) acceded to the existing Memorandum of Understanding between the Polish Central Mining Institute (GIG) and UNECE. With the help of PGNiG and PIG-PIB, UNECE and GIG hope to expand the reach of the Centre and engage with a wider community, including civil society, mining associations and decision-makers, in order to raise awareness on the challenges and opportunities in methane management.
Managing methane emissions from energy-related extractive activities is a win-win for delivering on the global promises on climate change and sustainable development: this is the key message delivered by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach in his keynote address to the Global Methane Forum in Washington D.C. on 30 March 2016. Read more>
- Terms of Reference for the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane. The Centre supports capacity-building activities in United Nations Member States through dissemination of best practices in economically viable methane abatement and utilisation.
20 October 2015
- Draft Conclusions and Recommendations arising from the Tenth Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
14 October 2015
- In January 2016 the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane starts a new extrabudgetary project: “Dissemination of best practices in the abatement, recovery, and use of methane”, funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The project will be implemented in China, India, Kazakhstan and Turkey. Expected results are: improved understanding of methane management in targeted coal mining regions and increased capacity to apply best practices in the abatement, recovery, and use of coal mine methane
14 October 2015