The session started with the discussion on the role of fossil fuels in the future energy mix. It was held within the context of the recent activities undertaken by the Sustainable Energy Division under the guidance of the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The following matters were addressed:
- UNECE Carbon Neutrality project and the Group’s role in it,
- Policy Recommendations from the Pathways to Sustainable Energy Project, and
- The initiative of the International Year/Decade of Methane.
Besides, the Group discussed its own future, giving focus to potential activities and modalities of its functioning. With regard to the former a discussion on a possible cooperation with the European Commission on methane emissions from the coal sector was be held. As for the latter, the Group discussed a need for, as well as potential content of Rules of Procedure for the Group itself and its Bureau.
The second session, which took place on Thursday, 23 July, featured joint meeting of our Group and the GMI Coal Sub-committee. The main agenda item discussed on the second day consisted of a panel discussion on Challenges and Opportunities for Capture and Use of Coal Mine Methane in the COVID-19 World, during which four presentations were delivered showing impact of the pandemic on the CMM projects in the selected coal mining countries.