Russian Federation International Activities
The Global Methane Initiative is an international initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source.
Possessing the world's largest coal reserves, the Russian Federation is one of the leading coal producers. The largest and most important coal-producing region in the Russian Federation, the Kuzbass, located in the south-central part of the country, has coal reserves estimated to be on the order of 14.5 billion tonnes. The Asian section of the Russian Federation (east of the Ural Mountains) is likely to have some of the largest coal mine methane (CMM) and coalbed methane (CBM) resources in the world. While the Russian Federation is currently the world's 4th largest emitter of CMM, these emissions are expected to decrease over time.
- International Energy Agency (IEA): Coal Mine Methane in Russia 2009 (PDF, 2009) (70 pp, 2.6MB, About PDF)
- Russia CMM Country Profile (December 2010) (PDF) (3 pp, 283K, About PDF)
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- Uglemetan - Russian Federation CMM/CBM Clearinghouse – Supported by EPA and managed by the International Coal & Methane Research Center headquartered in Kemerovo. Uglemetan was established in April 2002 on the foundation created by the work of the Russian Federation Coalbed Methane Center. Uglemetan is organized as an autonomous not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting CBM/CMM recovery and utilization in the Russian Federation and other countries of the Former Soviet Union.