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Methane Management


Managing methane is both a challenge and an opportunity for delivering on the Paris Agreement and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, available information regarding methane emissions from extractive industries is sporadic and often based on estimates. There is neither a common technological approach to monitoring and recording methane emissions, nor a standard method for reporting them. Determined to change this situation, UNECE partnered up with various prominent institutions and experts operating in the relevant industries to undertake the work on identifying and consolidating best practices in these fields. Read more >

In focus

Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector: MRV and Mitigation - First Draft Open For Review

The document is open for comments until Friday, 31 May 2019.

For more information please visit a page dedicated to the project within the framework of which the Best Practice document is being developed.


New leaflet containing information about Methane Management in general, and UNECE activities in this field in particular, has been issued.

The UNECE Secretariat in consultation with the secretariats of the International Gas Union, the World Coal Association and the World Petroleum Council and other industry experts, prepared a survey of how methane monitoring is done currently. 

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


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

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

27 February 2019
Hotel QUBUS, Nadwiślańska Street 6, Cracow, Poland