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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.

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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 was 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. Read more


  • In January 2016 the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane will start 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
    - Increased capacity to apply best practices in the abatement, recovery, and use of coal mine methane
    14 October 2015


24 to 25 October 2016
Palais des Nations, Geneva

28 to 30 March 2016
Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center Washington, DC, USA

28 October 2015
Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva