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Work Plan

2016-17

The Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane adopted a Work Plan for 2016-2017 on its 10th Session on 28 October 2015.

At its 24th session in November 2015, the Committee on Sustainable Energy endorsed the Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2016–2017 and requested the secretariat to submit it for subsequent approval by the Executive Committee (see paragraph 48 of the Committee’s 24th Session Report).

Subsequently, EXCOM on its eighty-third meeting held on 14 March 2016 approved the Work Plan for 2016–2017.

To learn more about implementation of the 2016-2017 Work Plan please consult a presentation on that matter delivered at the 12th session of the Group (24-25 October 2017, Geneva, Switzerland) by the Chair of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, Mr. Raymond Pilcher.

2018-19

The Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane prepared a Work Plan for 2018-2019 (version in French, version in Russian) through a written procedure and presented to the Committee on Sustainable Energy on its 26th session held in September 2017 in Geneva, Switzerland. The Committee approved the request of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for extension of its mandate until 31 December 2019 and the Work Plan of the Group of Experts for 2018-2019 with a possibility of extension (see paragraph 71 of the Committee's 26th Session Report).

The Group also discussed the document at its 12th Session on 24-25 October 2017, in Geneva, Switzerland. Recognizing how rich and ambitious the Work Plan for 2018-2019 is, the Group requested all the members to actively participate in its implementation.

Activities

As envisaged by the work plan for 2018-2019 the Group of Experts committed itself to delivering on the following core activities:

(a) Disseminate and Expand 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 coal industry in the ECE region;

(f) 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.

Recognizing the fact that the Work Plan for 2018-2019 is ambitious and includes activities that are novel to the Group, the Bureau together with the secretariat warmly invites all interested experts to actively engage in its delivery. Please take part in our survey (link will be available soon) and kindly share with us which activities you would like to be involved in. Thank you.