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Methane Mitigation Matters: Coal Mines
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Removing fugitive methane gas from underground coal mines and using it in profitable and practical ways can improve worker safety, enhance mine productivity, increase revenues, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The GMI Coal Subcommittee fosters international collaboration to advance methane capture and use projects that bring more gas to market. Technical experts from government and the private sector participate in the subcommittee activities, which includes development of Action Plans. The plans identify the needs, opportunities and priorities for project development globally as well as key barriers and strategies to overcome them. The Coal Subcommittee also facilitates investment and financing opportunities and other cooperative activities.

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Tools & Resources

  • Coal Mine Methane Country Profiles - Contains individual, comprehensive profiles that characterize the coal and coal mine methane sectors of 37 countries—29 Global Methane Initiative partners and an additional eight coal-producing nations. In addition, an Introduction section provides summary tables and statistics.
  • International Coal Mine Methane Projects List (Excel, 65 KB) - Contains information on over two hundred coal mine methane recovery and utilization projects operating, in development, or planned around the world in both Global Methane Initiative partner and non-partner countries.
  • Coal Mine Methane Mitigation and Utilization Technologies and Project Profiles (also referred to as the Coal Mine Methane Technology Database) (PDF, 36 pp, 334 KB) - This database provides basic descriptions of several key technologies applicable to coal mine methane recovery and utilization, including each technology's current status and commercial availability. It is intended to be a living document, which will be periodically updated to remain current. The database is an updated and revised version of the original database compiled by Australia's Department of Industry, Tourism and Resources, on behalf of the Global Methane Initiative. It is intended for informational purposes only and does not imply endorsement by the Global Methane Initiative. Updates to the database can be sent to the Administrative Support Group at

International Clearinghouses:

  • China Coalbed Methane Clearinghouse Exiting Global Methane Initiative - Developed jointly by the former State Administration of Coal Industry (SACI) of China and the U.S. EPA, the clearinghouse informs decision makers and mining officials of the coalbed methane potential in China and provides information to international companies interested in developing coalbed methane projects in China.
  • India Coal Mine / Coalbed (CMM/CBM) Clearinghouse Exiting Global Methane Initiative - Developed jointly by India Ministry of Coal and U.S. EPA, the clearinghouse focuses on the study and development of solutions for overcoming barriers to project development and facilitating investment in coalbed and coal mine methane extraction and utilization projects.
  • Uglemetan - Russian Federation CMM/CBM Clearinghouse Exiting Global Methane Initiative - Sponsored by the U.S. EPA and managed by the International Coal & Methane Research Center. Uglemetan is organized as an autonomous not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting CBM/CMM recovery and utilization in the Russian Federation and other countries of the Former Soviet Union.

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