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Activities

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. The work of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has a benefit for coal mine safety through improvements in the drainage, recovery and use of coal mine methane.

During 2020 and 2021 the Group of Experts on CMM has committed to:

(a) Disseminate and facilitate application of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Recovery in Coal Mines;

(b) Launch and support the work of the International Centres of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane

(c) Collect and disseminate case studies on the application of best practice guidance in specific coal mines in different regions of the world;

(d) Contribute, in cooperation with other Groups of Experts and under the leadership of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, to the work on integrated methane management in the context of sustainable development;

(e) Further engage, in cooperation with other Groups of Experts and under the leadership of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, in the work on transition of the fossil fuel-based energy in the ECE region;

(f) Contribute to the work of the Expert Group on Resource Management on United Nations Framework Classification for Resources and United Nations Resource Management System specifications and guidelines for Coal Bed Methane Resources;

(g) Contribute, in cooperation with other Groups of Experts and under the leadership of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, to the work on the “Pathways to Sustainable Energy” project;

(h) Promote broader inclusiveness of the Group of Experts, giving due attention to gender equality;

(i) Continue to provide advice on coal mine methane related standards to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and other international, national and regional market-based coal mine methane emission reduction mechanisms. Engage and develop robust professional ties with the recognized expert entities operating in the field of fossil-based energy.

For more information about the activities of the Group in the 2020-2021 biennium please consult the 2020-2021 Work Plan of the Group.