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Coal Mine Methane

Coal production, transportation, storage and use account for roughly 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Projections suggest coal use will increase in coming years due to growing demand for electric power. Greater focus is therefore being directed at minimizing the carbon footprint of the entire coal industry value chain from production through utilization.

One of the more effective near-term options at the production stage is the capture and use of methane from coal mines. This not only mitigates climate change, but delivers other important co-benefits including improvement of mine safety and productivity, localized energy production, and improvement in local/regional air quality. In addition, such projects can result in positive cash flows to the mine and serve as catalyst for investment.

The UNECE is active in facilitating the development and profitable recovery and use of CMM. With UNECE member countries producing 38% of the world’s coal and generating 40% of coal mine methane (CMM) emissions, successful project implementation will benefit the regional and global environment and the economies of the ECE region.

Technical assistance is provided through:

Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
Cooperative Meetings/Workshops
Extrabudgetary project to facilitate financing of CMM projects in Central & Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States




Meetings:
Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
  Fourth Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
16-17 October 2008

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Third Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
2-4 April 2007
Provisonal Time Table | Documents | Presentations
 
Third Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
2-4 April 2007
Provisonal Time Table | Documents | Presentations
 
Second Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
31 January - 1 February 2006
Documents | Presentations
 
First Session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
6 December 2004
Documents | Presentations
Task Force on the Economic Benefits of Improving Mine Safety Through Extraction and Use of Coal Mine Methane
 
Second (Informal) Session of the Task Force on the Economic Benefits of Improving Mine Safety Through Extraction and Use of Coal Mine Methane
30 January 2006
Documents
 
 
First Session of the Task Force on the Economic Benefits of Improving Mine Safety Through Extraction and Use of Coal Mine  Methane
29 April 2005
Documents | Presentations
Coopertive Meetings/Workshops
 

Workshop on New Trends in Coal Mine Methane Recovery & Utilization

Organized by the Central Mining Institute of Poland and supported by the
UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Methane to Markets Partnership
27-28 February 2008 (with field trips on 29 February and 1 March), Szczyrk, Poland

Programme | Presentations | Photo Gallery |

Report of the Workshop (prepared by the International Energy Agency)

 
Workshop on Geomechanical and Geodynamic Aspects of High-Efficiency Extraction of Coalmine and Coalbed Methane
St. Petersburg, Russian Federation, 20-22 September 2006
Documents
 
International Coal Mine Methane Project  Network Partnership Meeting
27-28 April 2005
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