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Coal Mine Methane

About 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 (for the updated version please click here).   Read more

IN FOCUS

International Workshop on Best Practices in Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines
9 to 10 March 2017, Radisson Blu Hotel, Ranchi, India

The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane in cooperation with the Government of India - Ministry of Coal, Coal India Limited - Central Mine Planning & Design Institute, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Global Methane Initiative is organizing a workshop on Best Practices in Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines in India.

Survey on Methane Management

The UNECE Secretariat in consultation with the secretariats of the International Gas Union, the World Coal Association and the World Petroleum Council and other industry experts, has prepared a survey of how methane monitoring is done currently. 

Geneva, December 2017 - 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.

11th Session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
MANAGING METHANE FOR CLIMATE AND SAFETY
24-25 October 2016
Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The Challenges of the U.S. Coal Industry and Lessons for Europe (May 2016)
The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has released a new publication titled The Challenges of the U.S. Coal Industry and Lessons for Europe. Read  more

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.

HIGHLIGHTS

More partners to join the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane (8 July 2016)

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.

News

  • 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

Events

24 to 25 October 2017
Salle VIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

09 to 10 March 2017
Radisson Blu Hotel, Ranchi, India

24 to 25 October 2016
Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva