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The Coal Mines Subcommittee focuses on supporting the identification and deployment of practical and cost-effective methane mitigation technologies and practices to reduce or eliminate emissions from coal mines. This is achieved by encouraging collaboration among Partner Countries, Subcommittee members, and Project Network members to build capacity, develop strategies and markets, and remove technical and non-technical barriers to methane mitigation project development. Ultimately, such collaboration can increase environmental quality, improve operational efficiency, and strengthen the economy via the additional methane brought to market.

Recent Events

 NameDateLocationSectorLink
Biogas A Call to Action on Methane: an international dialogue hosted by the GMI 3 June 2021 Microsoft Live Event Biogas, Coal Mines, Oil and Gas, Steering, Agriculture, MSW, Wastewater View Details
Coal Mines GMI Coal Mines Subcommittee Meeting 4 March 2021 Online Coal Mines View Details
Biogas IG3IS Stakeholder Consultation Series 26–27 October 2020 Online Biogas, Coal Mines, Oil and Gas View Details
Coal Mines 29th GMI Coal Mines Subcommittee Virtual Meeting 23 July 2020 Online Coal Mines View Details
Biogas Global Methane Forum 2020 23–27 March 2020 Geneva, Switzerland Biogas, Coal Mines, Oil and Gas, Steering, Agriculture, MSW, Wastewater View Details
Coal Mines 2019 19th International Symposium on CBM/CMM in China 11 December 2019 Beijing, China Coal Mines View Details
Coal Mines GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting and 14th Session of UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 7–8 November 2019 Geneva, Switzerland Coal Mines View Details
Coal Mines International Pittsburgh Coal Conference 3–6 September 2019 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States Coal Mines View Details
Coal Mines Workshop on Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane Capture and Utilization 13 June 2019 Dnipro, Ukraine Coal Mines View Details
Coal Mines Workshop on Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane Capture and Utilization 10 June 2019 Ankara, Turkey Coal Mines View Details

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Coal Mines Subcommittee

Subcommittee Co-chairs

Shengchu Huang, Co-Chair
China Coal Strategies Research Center (CCSR)
China

Volha Roshchanka, Co-Chair
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
United States

Shekhar Saran, Co-Chair
Central Mine Planning & Design Institute Ltd (CMPDI)
India

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Representatives from 22 countries participate in the Coal Mines Subcommittee.

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International Coal Mine Methane Projects Database (2021)

This Excel document 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.

Conducting Pre-Feasibility Studies for Coal Mine Methane Projects Training (2020)

The U.S. EPA is developing this training course in support of the GMI and in conjunction with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This course introduces principles for assessing the potential of developing projects to capture and/or use Coal Mine Methane (CMM). The introduced general approach should be underpinned by mine-specific data and analyses, allowing the principles to be tailored to the unique conditions at each mine. Ideally, such an assessment will lead to project development and implementation.

Global Methane Emissions from Coal Mining to Continue Growing Even with Declining Coal Production (2020)

Coal mines are one of the largest sources of anthropogenic methane emissions. As the world produces more coal, coal mines get deeper every year, and methane emissions grow with increasing mining depth. Mine operators also abandon old coal mines, which still emit methane into the atmosphere. The U.S. EPA, in collaboration with the Global Methane Initiative and several other organizations, co-authored this paper that presents projections of global methane emissions from coal mining under different coal extraction scenarios and with increasing mining depth through 2100. The study estimates methane emissions from underground and surface coal production while accounting for the increase in mining depth using several new and compiled data sets.

Coal Mine Methane Country Profiles (2020)

This document 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 additional methane information, summary tables, and country statistics.

Pre-Feasibility Study for Methane Drainage and Utilization at the Casa Blanca Coal Mine (2019)

This pre-feasibility study was completed to determine the feasibility of a coal mine methane (CMM) capture and utilization project at the Casa Blanca Coal Mine in Colombia.

Pre-Feasibility Study for Methane Drainage and Utilization at the Pootkee Colliery, Damodar Valley (2019)

This pre-feasibility study was completed to determine the viability of a CMM drainage project at the Pootkee Colliery. Specifically, the study evaluated the technical and economic viability of utilizing long in-mine horizontal boreholes drilled into Seam XII to drain methane in advance of mining, and to identify end-use options for the drained methane.

Coal Mine Methane Mitigation and Utilization Technologies and Project Profiles (2018)
(also referred to as the Coal Mine Methane Technology Database)

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.

Methane Mitigation Matters (2015)

Methane is a prevalent manmade greenhouse gas that traps 28 times more heat than carbon dioxide (CO2). Reducing methane emissions by recovering and using methane as a clean energy source offers many benefits for the environment and local communities. This video highlights the many ways that reducing methane can benefit the environment and local communities.