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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 featured a joint session organized by the Groups of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) and on Cleaner Electricity Systems (CES) during which participants discussed the role of fossil fuels in the future energy mix. That item was followed by the ninth joint meeting of the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee. More details about the GMI meeting are available on a separate page dedicated to that event

On 8 November, the Group reviewed the accomplishments achieved under the 2018-2019 work plan, discussed the work plan for 2020-2021, explored research needs in the field of CMM, and addressed 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 presented its new publication, i.e. "Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Recovery and Use from Abandoned Coal Mines", special focus was 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.

To learn more about the panel discussion on women in the coal sector please read a news article on that matter.

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

In addition, on Thursday, 7 November, following a joint session of the Groups of Experts on CMM and CES, a meeting between the Chairs of the two Groups, Mr. Raymond Pilcher and Mr. Barry Worthington respectively, and the UNECE Executive Secretary, Ms. Olga Algayerova, was held, during which issues related to functioning of both Group and to positioning of UNECE in the debate on the future of energy were discussed, allowing the Chairs to present to the Executive Secretary the achievements of the Groups, their vision for the future, and difficulties which they face in implementing their mandated programs. 

Document Title & SymbolENGFRERUS
Item 1. Adoption of the agenda 
Agenda for the fourteenth session
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2019/1
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Detailed Timetable (draft)PDF
Report of the 13th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2018/2
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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
ECE/ENERGY/2017/7-ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2017/3
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Item 6. Work plan for 2020 - 2021
Work plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2020-2021
ECE/ENERGY/2019/6
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Item 9. Adoption of conclusions and recommendations 
Draft conclusions and recommendationsPDF
Item 10. Adoption of the report and close of the meeting
Report of the 14th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane )
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2019/2
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Presentation Title & AuthorENGFRERUS
Agenda of the Coal Subcommittee MeetingPDF
Administrative Support Group Update
ASG Updates and the Global Methane Challenge
Ms. Monica Shimamura, GMI Administrative Support Group
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Partner Country Updates
ChinaPDF
IndiaPDF
PolandPDF
United StatesPDF
CMM Incentives and Market Opportunities
Incentives for CMM and AMM Project Opportunities in China
Mr. Han Jiaye, China Coal Information Institute
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Incentives for CMM and Carbon Markets in the United States
Mr. Phil Kong, Advanced Resources International
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Global Carbon Markets and Incentives for CMM Projects
Mr. Clark Talkington, Advanced Resources International
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Subcommittee
Subcommittee ReportPDF
Upcoming Events for Subcommittee ParticipationPDF
Subcommittee Action Plan: Update and Future Priorities DiscussionPDF
Any Other Business
Invitation to hold the 2021 Session of the UNECE’s Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting at Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre during the 26th World Mining Congress, 20-22 July 2021, Brisbane Australia
Mr. Jacek Skiba, on Behalf of Mr. Hua Gua
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Presentation Title & AuthorENGFRERUS
Agenda Item 4. Role of fossil fuels in decarbonizing energy systems.
Activities of Group of Experts on CES – potential for cooperation
Mr. Barry Worthington, Chair, Group of Experts on CES
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Pathways project – outcomes related to fossil fuels
Ms. Iva Brkic, Economic Affairs Officer, SED

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Energy Policy for Poland - basic data
Mr. Leon Kurczabinski, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CES
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Agenda Item 6. Report on implementation of the work plan for 2018-2019.
Report on implementation of the work plan for 2018-2019
Mr. Michal Drabik, Economic Affairs Officer, SED
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Best practices on methane recovery and use from abandoned coal mines - Overview
Mr. Clark Talkington, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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A risk management tool - Overview
Mr. David Creedy, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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Report of ICE-CMM in Poland
Mr. Piotr Kasza, Member of the Board, ICE-CMM Poland
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Report of ICE-CMM in China
Mr. Jin Zhixin, Chairman, ICE-CMM China
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Report on CMM-related activities in Russia
Mr. Sergey Shumkov, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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Agenda Item 7. Cooperation and partnerships.
Presentation on Francaise de l’Energie’s work in northern France
Mr. Julien Moulin, Chairman, Francaise de l’Energie
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Research needs in the field of coal mine methane – RFCS
Mr. Lucas Jansen, Policy Officer, DG Research and Innovation, D4 – Coal and Steel, European Commission
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Agenda Item 8. Work plan for 2020-2021.
Presentation of the Work Plan for 2020-2021
Mr. Michal Drabik, Economic Affairs Officer, SED
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Future of the Group of Experts - a view by:
Mr. David Creedy, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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Agenda Item 9. Gender issues in the coal mining industry.
Gender Issues in the Coal Mining Industry
Ms. Elizabeth Clausen, Head, Department, Institute for Advanced Mining Technologies, RWTH Aachen
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Mine closure impacts on women and girls: Applying a social value approach
Ms. Bobbie Foot, Head of Health, Safety and Environment, BMA Coal Division, BHP
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Coal Mine Closure and Effects on Women a Perspective from the U.S.
Ms. Kray Luxbacher, Associate Department Head, Mining and Minerals Engineering, Virginia Tech
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Women in Mining
Ms. Sandra Seabela, Mining Engineer, Assmang – Khumani Mine
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Agenda Item 11. Any other business.
Mining speed control in the coal panels with high coal output concentration 
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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