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Methane Management


Methane Management

Managing methane is both a challenge and an opportunity for delivering on the Paris Agreement and attaining the Sustainable Development Goals. Currently, available information regarding methane emissions from extractive industries is sporadic and often based on estimates. There is neither a common technological approach to monitoring and recording methane emissions, nor a standard method for reporting them. Determined to change this situation, UNECE partnered up with various prominent institutions and experts operating in the relevant industries to undertake the work on identifying and consolidating best practices in these fields. Read more >

In focus


The 2024 Global Methane Forum convened global thought and industry leaders in Geneva, Switzerland from 18-21 March 2024 to promote replicable methane mitigation successes and mobilize action to continue making progress toward addressing methane. The Forum was hosted by the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in partnership with the Global Methane Hub and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Read more


UNECE participates in the high-level event ‘European Coal in Transition: rising like a phoenix’

8 May 2024

To share its experience with coal mine methane management, UNECE participated in an event co-hosted in the region of Asturias by EURACOAL and the European Research Executive Agency on 8 May 2024.

Underlining that methane abatement is one of the most impactful actions that we can take in the short term to mitigate the increase of average temperatures and the impact of climate change, while also positively contributing to the achievement of many other Sustainable Development Goals, the secretary of UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition presented best practice guidance documents and other policies and tools developed by the Group in the area of coal mine methane emission mitigation. The ensuing panel discussion delved into the role of methane regulation, monitoring and reporting and the role of UNECE and other international organizations.

The event also featured presentations by members of UNECE Group of Experts, including by the Chair of the Task Force on Safe Operations and Closure of Coal Mines and the Vice-Chair of the Group of Experts on Cleaner Electricity Systems.


On 11 July 2024 UNECE together with GMI and CCAC delivered an online workshop, which was a part of CCAC Methane Roadmap Action Programme series. Read more

UNECE participated in the high-level event ‘European Coal in Transition: rising like a phoenix’

At its 19th annual session held in Geneva, Switzerland on 18-19 March 2024, the UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and Just Transition discussed a document on Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Processing (ECE/ENERGY/GE.4/2024/3), which presented to the international experts gathered at the meeting the Group's work on that matter and allowed to obtain feedback necessary for finalizing a big publication on that matter expected in Q3 2024. 

Electronic version of the Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Management in the Oil and Gas Sector; Monitoring, Reporting and Verification (MRV) and Mitigation available also in French and Russian.