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We work together to reduce global methane emissions and advance the use of methane as a clean energy source.

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) brings together governments, nongovernmental organizations and the private sector through technical support, policy development, and information sharing.

What's New

Register Now REGISTER NOW for the Global Methane Forum to be held April 16‑18, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Join your fellow methane experts and policy-makers from around the world to discuss options for methane reduction and abatement activities. Organized by the Global Methane Initiative, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), and the Government of Canada, the Forum will be held back-to-back with a CCAC Working Group Governance meeting, which will take place at the same venue on April 19‑20. Details about the sessions and speakers and hotel accommodations are now available.

The GMI Steering Committee Meeting took place on 8 December 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

The GMI Biogas Subcommittee Meeting was held on 27-28 September in Maryland, U.S.

The Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane Drainage and Utilization Workshop was held on 23-25 September in Tianjin, China. The workshop coincided with the opening of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane and the 19th International Mining Congress of China.

The first meeting of the newly formed GMI Biogas Subcommittee was held on 27 April 2017 as an Internet session/webinar. The meeting included discussion of the following topics:

  • Biogas Subcommittee structure and management, including introductions of new leadership
  • Overall GMI vision for biogas work and ongoing activities
  • Discussion of in-person Biogas Subcommittee meeting, tentatively planned for September 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland (USA) in conjunction with ISWA World Congress/WASTECON
  • Updates from country delegates
  • A presentation describing small-scale agriculture projects in the Philippines

Presentation: GMI Biogas Webinar (PDF, 1.1 MB, 27pp)
Minutes: GMI Biogas Subcommittee Meeting Minutes (PDF, 84kB, 2pp)
VIDEO: Livestock Waste Management in the Philippines

The Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane (CMM) Drainage and Utilization workshop was held on 7-9 June 2017 in Katowice, Poland. The workshop coincided with the opening of the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane (ICE-CMM). The principal role of the Centre will be to actively support the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s Group of Experts on CMM in its capacity building activities.

The GMI Oil and Gas Subcommittee Meeting was held on 12 June 2017, at the Harry Hays Building, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This meeting was held just prior to the Global Petroleum Show.

We have a new look! The GMI is excited to launch a redesign of our website. Now, you can quickly access information and resources using the streamlined navigation bar and the integrated search. Use the search to find documents, project descriptions, events, and points of contact — all from one place. Our new website also works better on your laptops, tablets, and phones. (December 2016)


Learn about the GMI’s strategic alliances with the CCAC and UNECE and other related international programs. (December 2016)

The GMI recently attended the CCAC Working Group Meeting in Paris, France. View a meeting summary. (November 2016)

Overview of Anaerobic Digestion for Municipal Solid Waste A new tool is available for MSW. Overview of Anaerobic Digestion for Municipal Solid Waste (PDF, 98 pp. 2.1MB) reviews the basics of anaerobic digestion (AD), its processes and technologies, and identifies the benefits of AD. (November 2016)

Partner Countries

The GMI is represented by countries with large sources of methane and/or special expertise and interest in developing methane projects. GMI Partner Countries account for approximately 70 percent of global manmade methane emissions. Click on a country for more details.

Industry Sectors and Committees

Biogas Sectors

Biogas Sector

The GMI is dedicated to reducing the impacts of climate change through methane abatement, recovery, and use in the areas of agriculture, municipal solid waste, and wastewater.

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Coal Mines Sector

Coal Mines Sector

Removing fugitive methane gas from underground coal mines and using it in profitable and practical ways can improve safety, enhance productivity, increase revenues, and reduce emissions.

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Oil & Gas Sector

Oil & Gas Sector

Methane emissions, primarily resulting from normal operations and system disruptions, can be reduced by upgrading technologies or equipment, and by improving procedures.

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Steering Committee

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee governs the overall Initiative; annually reviews progress; and provides guidance to the Administrative Support Group and Subcommittees.

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Global Map of Methane Sites

How to use this map

The map shows completed and potential methane abatement, recovery, or use projects.

  • Use the check boxes to determine which sites to display on the map.
    • GMI sites are facilities at which methane abatement, recovery, and/or use projects have been identified or completed.
    • Non-GMI sites identify potential or existing projects that are not supported by the GMI.
  • Click a cluster of sites (i.e., numbered circles) to zoom to a region.
  • Click an individual site to view a summary.
  • For more site details click on the highlighted link.

Note: The placement of map icons is approximate, so the zoom-in feature is limited to avoid misrepresentations. Please contact us us if you have more accurate information about the location of a project or site.


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Red Icon Agriculture

Red Icon Coal Mines

Red Icon MSW

Red Icon Oil & Gas

Red Icon Wastewater

Site Types:

GMI Sites

Non-GMI Sites

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Private Sector Involvement: Project Network

The Project Network is a growing community of private-sector entities, financial institutions, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations with an interest in methane abatement, recovery, and use projects. Active involvement by Project Network members is essential for building capacity, transferring technology, and promoting private, direct investment to ensure the GMI’s success. Project Network members have helped the Initiative leverage nearly $600 million in investment from private companies and financial institutions.

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This video explains how the oil and gas sector matters to mitigating global methane.

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