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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.   Read more>


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.


  • 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


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