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The Global Methane Initiative Exit EPA 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 Exit EPA.

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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 Database

The Global Methane Initiative Coal Mine Methane Projects Database Exit EPA 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.
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International Partnerships

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) Exit EPA 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 Exit EPA (IEA, 2009).

Map of the world displaying the flags of the fifteen countries that have worked with CMOP since its inception: Australia, Bulgaria, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Poland, Russian Federation, South Africa, Ukraine, and United Kingdom.

For more information on CMOP's international activities please contact Felicia Ruiz (ruiz.felicia@epa.gov).
Phone: (202) 343-9129
Fax: (202) 343-2202

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