The Global Methane Initiative is an international initiative that advances cost-effective, near-term methane recovery and use as a clean energy source.
Global Methane Initiative
As the map below illustrates, the EPA Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP) has worked with many coal-producing countries around the world for over a decade to promote coal mine methane (CMM) development and use. Today, CMOP conducts its international activities under the auspices of the Global Methane Initiative .
International project opportunities in the coal sector.
Coal Mine Methane Country Profiles
On behalf of the Global Methane Initiative (formerly the Methane to Markets Partnership), CMOP has developed 37 comprehensive profiles that characterize the coal and coal mine methane sectors of 29 Global Methane Initiative partner countries and an additional eight coal-producing nations. The Executive Summary provides summary tables that include statistics on coal reserves, coal production, methane emissions, and CMM project activity. Access the Coal Mine Methane Country Profiles »
Global Methane Initiative Coal Mine Methane Projects DatabaseThe Global Methane Initiative Coal Mine Methane Projects Database contains information on over two hundred coal mine methane recovery and utilization projects operating, in development, or planned around the world.
EPA Methane to Markets Cooperative Agreement Awards
EPA has supported 17 grants for projects promoting coal mine methane recovery and utilization under the Global Methane Initiative. To date, these projects are located in China, India, Mongolia, Nigeria, and Poland.
More information about these projects »
Through the Global Methane Initiative, CMOP supports Coal mine/Coalbed methane (CMM/CBM) Clearinghouses or other in-country collaborative efforts in numerous countries, including the following:
CMOP also works in close collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN-ECE) and with the International Energy Agency (IEA) on coal mine methane issues. The IEA recently published a report that documents successful methane recovery and use policies around the world: Energy Sector and Methane Recovery Use (IEA, 2009).
For more information on CMOP's international activities:
For Global Methane Subcommittee, China, Colombia, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Mongolia, Russian Federation, Ukraine and UNECE, contact:
Felicia Ruiz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Phone (202) 343-9129
Fax: (202) 343-2202
For India, Poland, Turkey and Vietnam, contact:
Jayne Somers (email@example.com)
Phone (202) 343-9896
Fax: (202) 343-2202