The seventh session of the UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane will be held in Krakow, Poland on 11 October 2011. This will be the first time that the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on CMM is holding its session held outside Geneva, in an effort to get closer to its constituency.
The one-day session will feature an update on the extra-budgetary project on methane capture and use: "Best Practice Guidance on Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines" and will discuss a range of economic, social and environmental challenges the miners face.
The Ad Hoc Group of Experts on CMM will also review its cooperation with various intergovernmental bodies and non-governmental organizations, and decide on its programme of work for 2012-2013. In this sense, the secretariat welcomes requests from governmental, intergovernmental, international, and non-governmental organizations to provide brief updates on their activities.
The seventh session of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on CMM is held in conjunction with the Global Methane Initiative Partnership-Wide Meeting that starts the day after the session -- on 12-14 October 2011 and at the same venue -- so we encourage all UNECE experts to stay over for the partnership meeting, in particularly because this meeting, held in cooperation with the Government of Poland, will feature an interesting site tour to the local coal mines.
|Update on Best Practices Guidelines for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines|
Branko Milicevic, Economic Affairs Officer, UNECE
|US EPA Activities to Support Global Coal Mine Methane Reductions|
Pamela Franklin, Climate Change Division, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
|CMM in the CDM|
Clare Lonergan, Methodologies Development & Improvement, UNFCCC secretariat, SDM programme
|Update on CMM activities in Poland|
Jacek Skiba, Central Mining Institute, Katowice, Poland, Experimental Mine „Barbara”
|Drainage and utilization of Coal Mine Methane (CMM) at the Jastrzębska Coal Company|
Kazimierz Gatnar, MSc., Eng., Team for Power Management and Methane Utilization