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Fourteenth session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

7 - 8 November 2019

Room XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Fourteen Annual Session

The first day of the session will feature a joint session organized by the Groups of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and on Cleaner Electricity Systems during which participants will discuss the role of fossil fuels in the future energy mix. That item will be followed by the ninth joint meeting of the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee.

On 8 November, the Group will review the accomplishments achieved under the 2018-2019 work plan, discuss the work plan for 2020-2021, explore research needs in the field of CMM, and address gender-related issues, such as barriers impeding women from entering the coal industry, as well as those hindering their professional development at the later stages of their careers. As during the session the Group will present its new publication, i.e. "Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Recovery and Use from Abandoned Coal Mines", special focus will be given to problems faced by women as a result of the gradual phase-out of coal in many countries around the world, and to particular challenges faced by female employees in the aftermath of the mine closure.

The second day of the meeting will also feature the International Centres of Excellence on CMM (ICE-CMM) in Poland and China, which will report on their activities. 

Other Related Events

Please note that in the same week the Sustainable Energy Division will hold another event that is closely linked with the Group’s fourteen session, namely The Fifteenth session of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems that will be held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva on 5-6 November 2019.

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Item 1. Adoption of the agenda 
Draft agenda for the twelfth session
Detailed Timetable (draft)PDF
Report of the 13th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 
Item 3.  Opening remarks
Opening Remarks by Mr. Raymond Pilcher, Chair of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine MethanePDF
Item 4.  Role of fossil fuels in decarbonizing energy systems
Attaining carbon-neutrality in the ECE region by 2050 – a discussion paper about the role of clean fossil fuels in sustainable energy” (ECE/ENERGY/2019/2) PDFPDFPDF
Item 5.  Update on implementation of the work plan for 2018 - 2019
Work plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2018-2019
Item 6. Work plan for 2020 - 2021
Work plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2020-2021
Item 9. Adoption of conclusions and recommendations 
Draft conclusions and recommendationsPDF
Item 10. Adoption of the report and close of the meeting
Draft Report of the 14th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
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