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16th Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

03 March (10:00) - 04 March (18:00) 2021
Tempus 2, Palais des Nations Geneva Switzerland

Sixteenth Annual Session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane was be held on 3-4 March 2021 in Geneva and online. The session was organized through Interprefy and offered simultaneous translation (ENG/RUS/FR). 

During the session the secretariat provided an overview of recent activities of the Committee on Sustainable Energy following its twenty-ninth session, 25-27 November 2020, as well as any decisions taken related to the work of the Group of the Experts including by the Executive Committee of ECE. On the first day (3 March) the Group of Experts also reviewed new developments in methane management in selected countries and explored their plans for the future of their coal sector. The day closed with a discussion on potential involvement of the Group of Experts in current and future methane-related activities and initiatives, which are being undertaken worldwide to help attain the objectives of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  

On 4 March, the Group reviewed the accomplishments achieved under the 2020-2021 work plan and discussed its work plan for 2022-2023. The above-mentioned review included reports on activities by International Centres of Excellence on CMM (ICE-CMM) in Poland and China. The preparation of the new work plan was accompanied by a discussion on the Group’s future direction and focus of its activities. The Group decided to request the Committee on Sustainable Energy to change its name to Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition and expand its mandate accordingly. The issue is to be decided by the Committee at its 30th session in November 2021. The session ended with the eleventh joint meeting of the Group of Experts on CMM and the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Coal Subcommittee. 

Documents

Document Title & Symbol ENG FRE RUS
Item 1. Adoption of the agenda       
Agenda for the sixteenth session
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2021/1
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Timetable  PDF    
Report of the 15th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane 
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2020/2
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Item 3.  Opening remarks      
Opening Remarks by Mr. Raymond Pilcher, Chair of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane PDF    
Item 7. Future work of the Group of Experts      
Proposal to orient the mandate of the Group of Experts on CMM to deliver better on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2021/4 
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(unofficial)
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(unofficial)
Item 8. Work plan for 2022-2023      
Work plan for the Group of Experts on CMM for 2022-2023
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2021/3 
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(unofficial)
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(unofficial)
Item 13. Adoption of conclusions and recommendations       
Draft conclusions and recommendations PDF PDF PDF
Item 14. Adoption of the report and close of the meeting      
Report of the 16th session of the Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane
ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2021/2
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Presentations

Presentation ENG FRE RUS
Item 4. Activities and priorities of the Committee on Sustainable Energy & matters for consideration by Group of Experts      
Activities and priorities of the Committee on Sustainable Energy & matters for consideration by Group of Experts
Mr. Scott Foster, Director, SED, UNECE
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Item 5. New Developments and Challenges in the Coal Sector throughout the World      
Restructuring of the coal industry in Russia
Mr. Sergey Shumkov, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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Draft findings of ENERPO’s project on energy transition in Russia
Mr. Maxim Titov, Executive Director, Energy Policy Research Center
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Centre for Coal Mine Methane in Russia (innovative research and development) – Background, Objectives, and Activities
Mr. Valerii Zakharov, Director, Center for Coal Mine Methane in Russia, Russian Academy of Science
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New Developments in the Field of Methane Management in Ukrainian Mines
Mr. Borys Griadushchyi, Director, Donetsk Research Institute of Coal Mining (DONUGI)
Mr. Anatoliy Bulat, Ukrainian Academy of Science
Mr. Yuriy Bobrov, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM 
Mr. Igor Yashchenko, Deputy Director, Department of Industrial Safety and Physical Protection, Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry
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New Developments in the Field of Methane Management in Polish Mines
Mr. Jacek Skiba, Vice-Chair, Group of Experts on CMM
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Item 6. Report on implementation of the work plan for 202-2021      
Report by the International Centre of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane
Mr. Piotr Kasza, Board Member, ICE-CMM Poland
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Presentation of the work on CMM of the new member of ICE-CMM Poland, JSW
Mr. Artur Badylak, Director, Department of Methane Drainage and Energy Carrier Management, JSW
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Report by the International Centres of Excellence on Coal Mine Methane
Mr. Beau Jia, ICE-CMM China, on behalf of Mr. Jin Zhixin, Chairman, ICE-CMM China
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Item 9. Cooperation and partnerships      
Atmospheric Methane Emissions from Mining Areas and their Significance
Ms. Justyna Swolkień, Professor, AGH University of Science & Technology
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Item 10: Eleventh Joint Meeting of UNECE Group of Experts on CMM and GMI Coal Subcommittee      
GMI Secretariat Update
Ms. Monica Shimamura, GMI Secretariat
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Overview of Tools and Resources Available through GMI and CMOP
Mr. Volha Roshchanka, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
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Tools to Assist with Evaluating CMM Project Opportunities in Active Mines and AMM Resources
Mr. Ozgen Karacan, U.S. Geological Survey 
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A Training Simulator for Management of Underground Methane Drainage Boreholes
Mr. David Creedy, Sindicatum Sustainable Resources 
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CMM and AMM Calculation Methods in German Hard Coal Mines
Mr. Stefan Möllerherm, Research Center of Post-Mining 
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Pre-feasibility Study Training by GMI
Mr. Clark Talkington, Advanced Resources International 
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CMM Project List: Analysis of Current Status &Trends 
Mr. Nazar Kholod, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 
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