Coalbed Methane Outreach Program Accomplishments
The Coalbed Methane Outreach Program (CMOP) strives to reduce methane emissions from coal mining activities. Coal mine methane (CMM) is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) and can be an explosive hazard inside mines. If recovered safely and used for energy, CMM is a valuable and clean-burning fuel source. In the United States, CMOP works cooperatively with the coal mining industry to support project development; overcome institutional, technical, regulatory and financial barriers to implementation; and communicate the benefits of CMM recovery. Specific activities include:
- Identifying, evaluating, and promoting methane reduction options, including technological innovations and markets mechanisms to encourage project implementation
- Conducting workshops to educate the mining industry and the broader community on the environmental, safety and economic benefits of methane recovery
- Preparing and disseminating reports and other materials that address topics ranging from technical and economic analyses to overviews of legal issues
- Interfacing with all facets of the mining industry to advance project development and provide access to the latest relevant information to reduce methane emissions (CMM).
Achievements in 2020:
- Reduced CMM emissions by more than 7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) in 2020 (see figure below). Since the program began in 1994, cumulative reductions are approximately 226 MMTCO2e.