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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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Strategic Alliances

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane is a subsidiary body of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy that works to promote mine safety and sustainability practices through activities focused on climate change mitigation and best practices to reduce CMM emissions and abandoned mine methane (AMM) drainage. In collaboration with the GMI, the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM developed the “Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Recovery in Coal Mines,” updated in 2016. Exiting Global Methane Initiative

The International Energy Agency (IEA), dedicated to ensuring reliable, affordable and clean energy for its member countries, provides a global dialogue on oil and gas, the coal market, renewable technologies, energy efficiency, and sustainability through publications, training and workshops. The IEA works with its 30 partner countries to enhance sustainability and the dependability and affordability of energy.

Tools & Resources

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 Methane / Coalbed Methane (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 - 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.

Country-Specific Resources


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Colombia Coal Mine Methane Market Study New
This document (PDF, 1.4 MB, 50pp) serves to provide an overview of Colombia’s energy markets, and specifically to identify opportunities for coal mine methane (CMM) utilization and emissions reduction projects in Colombia.

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