Coalbed Methane Outreach Program


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China ranks first in the world in coal production – more than 3.6 billion metric tons in 2012 – and is also the largest emitter of coal mine methane (CMM) emissions, which are projected to exceed 420 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2E) by 2020. An overview of China's coal mining history and current methane recovery and use efforts can be found in the Global Methane Initiative Coal Mine Methane Country Profile: China (June 2015) (PDF) (18 pp, 2 MB) Exit.


Feasibility Studies

EPA's Coalbed Methane Outreach Program has completed several full-scale feasibility studies of CMM recovery and utilization projects at Chinese coal mines. The studies assess the technical and economic viability of implementing methane recovery and utilization projects, with detailed findings and project implementation recommendations compiled in comprehensive final reports.

Pre-Feasibility Studies

Energy Markets in China and the Outlook for CMM Project Development in Anhui, Chongqing, Henan, Inner Mongolia, and Guizhou Provinces (April 2015)

This EPA publication features information resulting from energy market analyses performed during the course of several comprehensive CMM recovery and utilization feasibility studies conducted in China.

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