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Unofficial Online Meeting of the Group

22 - 23 July 2020

On-line

The session started with the discussion on the role of fossil fuels in the future energy mix. It was held within the context of the recent activities undertaken by the Sustainable Energy Division under the guidance of the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The following matters were addressed:

  • UNECE Carbon Neutrality project and the Group’s role in it,
  • Policy Recommendations from the Pathways to Sustainable Energy Project, and
  • The initiative of the International Year/Decade of Methane.

Besides, the Group discussed its own future, giving focus to potential activities and modalities of its functioning. With regard to the former a discussion on a possible cooperation with the European Commission on methane emissions from the coal sector was be held. As for the latter, the Group discussed a need for, as well as potential content of Rules of Procedure for the Group itself and its Bureau.

The second session, which took place on Thursday, 23 July, featured joint meeting of our Group and the GMI Coal Sub-committee. The main agenda item discussed on the second day consisted of a panel discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World, during which four presentations were delivered showing impact of the pandemic on the CMM projects in the selected coal mining countries.

Since the session was unofficial, all the decisions made in its course have to be approved at the physical 15th session of the Group that is scheduled to take place in September. The September meeting will be hybrid in nature. It is to be held physically in the Palais, but at the same time, due to travel restrictions that are likely to be still in place, it will be also possible to follow it online.

While the Report from the 15th session of the Group will be adopted at the physical meeting in September, its text will reflect also the discussions held at the online session in July. Since there was no interpretation provided at the online session, all Members of the Group will receive a draft Report from the 15th session including references to the discussions held online ahead of the September meeting and will have an opportunity to submit their comments to the document in writing before the session.

Document Title & SymbolENGFRERUS
Provisional agenda and timetable
Draft agenda for the session PDF
Draft timetablePDF
Other documents
Report of the 14th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2019/2
PDFPDFPDF
Draft conclusions and recommendations 
Draft conclusions and recommendationsPDF
Draft conclusions and recommendations for the 15th session
Draft conclusions and recommendationsPDF
Draft report for the 15th session
Draft Report for the 15th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2020/2
PDFPDFPDF
Presentation Title ENGFRERUS
CMM Session slidesPDF
GMI Coal Subcommittee ReportPDF
GMI Secretariat UpdatePDF
Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World - US
by Michael Cote, Ruby Canyon Environmental
PDF
Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World - Poland
by Jacek Skiba, Central Mining Institute of Katowice
PDF
Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World - China
by Selina Huang, China National Coal Group Corporation
PDF
Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World - India
by Rajiw Lochan, Central Mine Planning & Design Institute
PDF
GMI Poll Results and Closing RemarksPDF