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Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) undertakes and promotes activities aiming at reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines. Apart from its focus on reduction of the carbon footprint of the mining industry, the Group of Experts also works towards the improvement of the underground safety conditions. Through its activities in the field of methane recovery and use, the Group of Experts helps to reduce the risks of explosions in coal mines, and thus helps to save lives and avoid large-scale economic losses.

Mandate     |      Bureau     |      Work Plan 2016-2017


Mandate
The Beginning

At its sixth session held on 17-18 November 2003 the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal in Sustainable Development addressed the subject of Coal Mine Methane (CMM). Following the two background papers (ENERGY/GE.1/2003/4 and ENERGY/GE.1/2003/5) as well as a number of presentations treating on that matter delivered during the session, the secretariat put forward a proposal for establishment of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts focusing on CMM.   Read more

The Scope
The Group of Experts is mandated “to carry out concrete, result-oriented activities that promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines through recovery and use of methane” (see ECE/EX/7, Annex II, Chapter V).

The principal activity of the Group of Experts is to develop and disseminate the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines (BPG).

The Group of Experts is also actively involved in the process of setting up the International Centre of Excellence in CMM, which in the near future will undertake - under the auspices of UNECE - work on practical aspects of the abatement, capture and utilization of CMM emissions.   Read more

The Current Status
At its 24th session held in November 2015, the Committee on Sustainable Energy took note of the report of the Tenth Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane, and endorsed for EXCOM’s approval the extension of the Group’s mandate until 31 December 2017 (see paragraph 47 of the Committee’s 24th Session Report).

In March 2016 EXCOM approved the renewal of the mandate under the terms stipulated in the Committee’s endorsement.


Bureau
The Bureau of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane is responsible for managing and developing the work of the Group between its meetings.

The Bureau comprises of a Chair and a number of Vice Chairs so that it is representative of the stakeholders in the Group. Please see the full list of the current Members of the Bureau.


Work Plan for 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.