Coal Mine Methane
The work of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) has a benefit for coal mine safety through improvements in the drainage, recovery and use of coal mine methane. The Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) is a subsidiary body of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE) that promotes the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines. Its activities on recovery and use of methane reduce the risks of explosions in coal mines.
The principal activity of the Group of Experts on CMM is development and dissemination of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and Recovery in Coal Mines (for the updated version please click here). Read more >
Key areas of work
Effective actions to reduce methane emissions
Note by Raymond Pilcher, Chair, Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
A document presented at the 29th session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (November 2020)
A leaflet providing a brief introduction to UNECE's work on Abandoned Mine Methane has been issued (December 2020)
Electronic version of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Recovery and Use from Abandoned Coal Mines available also in Russian, Spanish and Chinese.
An updated leaflet briefly describing importance of coal mine methane, as well as the role and activities of the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM has been released.
A two day-long capacity-building workshop on Best Practices in Coal Mine Methane Capture and Utilization was delivered jointly by the UNECE Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) on 24-25 July 2018 in Bogota, Columbia.
On 9 July 2018 the Secretariat participated in a dinner debate in the European Parliament in Brussels, Belgium, titled UN Sustainable Development Goal No. 7: Does coal have a role in providing affordable and clean energy? To learn more about the event please visit the organizer's webpage dedicated to the event.
The International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in Poland was nominated for an Emerging Europe Award in a category: Research & Development Initiative of the Year. The award ceremony took place on 22 June 2018 in London, UK. Read more
A one-day-long technical session titled Turning Coal Mine Methane into an Asset: Implementing Best Practices and Policies will be delivered jointly by the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) within the framework of the 25th World Mining Congress (WMC), on 20 June 2018 in Astana, Kazakhstan
On 13 June in Gdańsk, Poland, the Secretariat participated in a conference on the Polish national policy on natural resources. Read more
On 3-6 June the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane in China delivered the first of the planned three stages of a pre-feasibility-study of methane drainage and utilization in a Tenghui coal mine. Read more