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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 (for the updated version please click here).   Read more >

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Global Methane Forum 2020 will be held on 23-27 March 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Global Methane Forum is the premiere global event for discussing methane issues across the energy-related extractive industries. It is a unique platform to explore opportunities to reduce methane emissions and to encourage a dialogue on approaches to effective monitoring, reporting, and mitigation.

Please see a leaflet and visit a page dedicated to the Forum.

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An updated leaflet briefly describing importance of coal mine methane, as well as the role and activities of the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM has been released.  

A two day-long capacity-building workshop on Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane Capture and Utilization was delivered jointly by the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) on 24-25 July 2018 in Bogota, Columbia.

On 9 July 2018 the Secretariat participated in a dinner debate in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, titled UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 7: Does coal have a role in providing affordable and clean energy? Read more

The International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Poland was nominated for an Emerging Europe Award in a category: Research & Development Initiative of the Year. The award ceremony took place on 22 June 2018 in London, UK. Read more

A one-day-long technical session titled Turning Coal Mine Methane into an Asset: Implementing Best Practices and Policies will be delivered jointly by the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) within the framework of the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC), on 20 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan

On 13 June in Gdańsk, Poland, the Secretariat participated in a conference on the Polish national policy on natural resources. Read more 

On 3-6 June the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in China delivered the first of the planned three stages of a pre-feasibility-study of methane drainage and utilization in a Tenghui coal mine. Read more

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23 to 27 March 2020
Rooms XVIII, XXIV, IV, S4, Ariana 1, Palais des Nations, Geneva

07 to 08 November 2019
Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

10 to 14 June 2019
Ankara, Turkey; Dnipro, Ukraine