The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) undertakes and promotes activities aiming at reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines. Apart from its focus on reduction of the carbon footprint of the mining industry, the Group of Experts also works towards the improvement of the underground safety conditions. Through its activities in the field of methane recovery and use, the Group of Experts helps to reduce the risks of explosions in coal mines, and thus helps to save lives and avoid large-scale economic losses.
At its sixth session held on 17-18 November 2003 the Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal in Sustainable Development addressed the subject of Coal Mine Methane (CMM). Following the two background papers (ENERGY/GE.1/2003/4 and ENERGY/GE.1/2003/5) as well as a number of presentations treating on that matter delivered during the session, the secretariat put forward a proposal for establishment of the Ad Hoc Group of Experts focusing on CMM. Read more
The Group of Experts is mandated “to carry out concrete, result-oriented activities that promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines through recovery and use of methane” (see ECE/EX/7, Annex II, Chapter V).
The principal activity of the Group of Experts is to develop and disseminate the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Use in Coal Mines (BPG).
The Group of Experts is also actively involved in the process of setting up the International Centres of Excellence in CMM, which undertake - under the auspices of UNECE - work on practical aspects of the abatement, capture and utilization of CMM emissions. Read more
The Current Status
At its 28th session held in September 2019, the Committee on Sustainable Energy "[n]oted with appreciation the progress that the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane has made on delivering on its mandated activities and the Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for 2018-2019", and "[a]pproved the request of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane for extension of its mandate until 31 December 2021 and the Work Plan of the Group of Experts for 2020-2021 with a possibility of extension." (see paragraphs 83 and 87 of the Committee’s 28th Session Report).
In December 2019 EXCOM will decide whether to approve the renewal of the mandate under the terms stipulated in the Committee’s endorsement.
The Bureau of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane is responsible for managing and developing the work of the Group between its meetings.
The Bureau comprises of a Chair and a number of Vice Chairs so that it is representative of the stakeholders in the Group. Read more