Methane International

Issue 16, January 2010

What is the Expo?

In 2007, the Methane to Markets Partnership successfully organized the first Partnership Expo in Beijing, China. More than 750 attendees from 34 countries gathered to advance methane recovery and use projects around the world. The Partnership showcased 91 projects from 11 countries across all four Methane to Markets sectors.

Building on this achievement, Methane to Markets will be holding a second Partnership Expo in New Delhi, India, from 2 – 5 March 2010.

These dates are approaching quickly, so now is the time to get involved and register Exiting Global Methane Initiative. The 2010 Partnership Expo will feature four sector-specific conference tracks, sector-specific site tours, and discussions about the methane marketplace. Participants will have the opportunity to:

We look forward to seeing you in New Delhi!

2010 Methane to Markets Partnership Expo Agenda Now Online

Now you can preview the Partnership Expo's preliminary agenda (PDF, 16 pp, 692 KB), which details the schedule for sector-specific site tours, information sessions, Steering Committee meetings, and roundtable discussions. The first day includes site tours and the Steering Committee meeting. The second day will continue with an opening plenary session on the future of the Methane to Markets Partnership and a keynote address on "The Importance of Methane to Climate Change and Copenhagen Outcomes," followed by sector-specific sessions. The second day will conclude with a reception sponsored by the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Exiting Global Methane Initiative of India.

On the third day, you can attend continued sector-specific technical and policy breakout sessions. The final day concludes with a plenary session that will provide a wrap-up of Expo highlights and future perspectives from the Steering Committee as well as sector Subcommittee meetings.

Meet Our Hosts

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Methane to Markets is grateful to the Expo's hosts for making this event possible. The hosts include the government of India's Ministry of Coal Exiting Global Methane Initiative, Ministry of Environment and Forests Exiting Global Methane Initiative, Ministry of New and Renewable Energy Exiting Global Methane Initiative, and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas Exiting Global Methane Initiative, as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Exiting Global Methane Initiative.

In addition, several entities are sponsoring the Expo, including the Asian Development Bank Exiting Global Methane Initiative, International Energy Agency Exiting Global Methane Initiative, World Bank Exiting Global Methane Initiative, Environment Canada Exiting Global Methane Initiative, United Kingdom's Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs Exiting Global Methane Initiative, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe Exiting Global Methane Initiative, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) Exiting Global Methane Initiative, Clarke Energy Exiting Global Methane Initiative, Coal India Exiting Global Methane Initiative, ONGC Exiting Global Methane Initiative, and Geotech Exiting Global Methane Initiative.

Partnership Expo hosts and sponsors are joined by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) Exiting Global Methane Initiative as the in-country partner. FICCI has been involved in the planning process from the outset and has helped coordinate logistics for the Partnership Expo.

India: Methane Project Opportunities in the Making

India is ideally suited to showcase a range of methane projects and opportunities. With the world's second largest population and as the second largest emitter of anthropogenic methane, India holds increasing potential for methane capture and use projects in each of the four Methane to Markets sectors. India's rapid economic growth, increased urbanization, and rising energy consumption create a perfect balance of opportunity and demand for methane recovery and use.

India is diligently working to capture methane from sources within the four Methane to Markets sectors (estimated to be 84.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent). At the same time, India is also addressing barriers and increasing awareness of methane recovery-challenges common to all Partner Governments.

Map of IndiaIndia is a charter Partner of the Methane to Markets Partnership and participates on the Steering Committee and on all of the sector subcommittees. As the world's third largest coal producer, India has great potential to develop coal mine methane (CMM) projects. Through the Partnership, India has established a clearinghouse to provide access to information and data that help developers pursue CMM projects. India has also been increasing its activity in the oil and gas sector through the work of the state-owned ONGC. In collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ONGC evaluated the opportunities for vented and fugitive methane emissions reductions at several facilities and is currently implementing practices and installing technologies to reduce those emissions and identify opportunities at other locations.

Additionally, India has several potential projects in the landfill sector. It is conducting numerous pre-feasibility studies and assessments to better understand the potential at individual sites. India's first landfill gas project came online this year. The Gorai Landfill, outside Mumbai, earned U.S. $5.2 million for carbon credits for flaring captured gas and is planning to develop an energy use project in the near future. Finally, India has been active in the Methane to Markets agriculture sector since 2006. There are dozens of ongoing small and large-scale anaerobic digester projects across the country, with more in the development stages. In support of the Partnership, The Energy and Resources Institute, a Project Network member, organized an interactive workshop on anaerobic digesters in March 2009 and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce (the Expo in-country partner) is planning a workshop Exiting Global Methane Initiative on agriculture methane issues in January 2010.

Join us in New Delhi and learn about India's past experience and future opportunities firsthand!

Getting to India

All foreign nationals require a visa to enter India, except nationals of Nepal, Bhutan, and the Maldives (if staying in India for fewer than 90 days). India's visa requirements differ for all other visitors, depending on nationality. As you make your plans, consult our travel and visa information for the Expo. Use this information as a guideline, and then contact your nearest Indian Embassy or Consulate for official requirements.

Indian Hospitality at Its Finest

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India's capital city, New Delhi, has changed dramatically in the last five decades, from a relatively sleepy city to a bustling metropolis with wide roads, stately monuments, and a vibrant nightlife. The 2010 Partnership Expo provides an ideal opportunity to explore this city and nearby sites. The nearby Lodhi Gardens are a beautiful park spread over 90 acres that contains the tombs of Mohammed Shah and Sikander Lodi. The gardens are situated between Khan Market and Safdarjung's tomb. Another nearby site worth seeing is a complex of buildings built as the Mughal Emperor Humayun's tomb. It was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent.

The Expo will be held at the Taj Palace Hotel Exiting Global Methane Initiative in New Delhi, one of India's premiere hotels. Nestled in six acres of lush parkland in New Delhi's exclusive Diplomatic Enclave, it frequently hosts heads of state and high-profile business travelers from around the world. It is renowned for offering its guests genuine and world famous Indian hospitality. Relax and indulge in a variety of herbal and Ayurvedic therapies offered at the hotel spa or tee up at the hotel's lush golf course. World-class shopping areas and fine specialty restaurants are located nearby. And the hotel is just a 10-minute taxi ride from the airport.

The Methane to Markets Partnership has secured a limited block of rooms at the special rate of 12,500 INR single occupancy/14,500 INR double occupancy, plus 12.5 percent tax. This special hotel rate will expire 15 January 2010.

Make your reservation Exiting Global Methane Initiative today.

Stay Informed

For the latest news and information visit the 2010 Partnership Expo Web site. The Web site has all the information you need for getting to India, staying in India, and attending the 2010 Partnership Expo.

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