September News Round-Up


Each month, we here at Methane International will bring you a selection of the methane-focused news and studies published over the past month, as well as a list of the GMI Project Network members we have featured on Twitter. September 2015 put landfill emissions in the spotlight, thanks to the release of a new study from Yale University. NPR provided a helpful guide to cut kitchen food waste, while members of the United Nations dined on a lunch made completely of wasted food ingredients.

The Economist put out two interesting reads on the American dairy industry and creating urban power sources via small anaerobic digesters in parks that can be filled with dog poop.

Finally, the world celebrated ‘National Coffee Day’ on September 29th – and it turns out that the leftover grounds you threw out could be used to store a substantial amount of methane. What will October bring?

September Methane News Round-Up

Don’t Toss That Sour Milk! And Other Tips To Cut Kitchen Food Waste (NPR)

How Your Trash Is Contributing to Climate Change (Time)

The palm oil plantations powering communities and tackling climate change (The Guardian)

Trendsetting Manhattan Leads in Methane Leaks, Too (InsideClimateNews)

Study proves pipeline replacement programs are effective (

From Moo to You (The Economist)

Urban Anaerobic Digesters for Pet Waste (The Economist)

Used Coffee Grounds Can Store Methane (Popular Science)

World Leaders Are Fed Food Waste, and It’s Great (US News and World Report)

Why Beef is the new SUV (CNN – Opinion)



Economic impacts of carbon dioxide and methane released from thawing permafrost (Nature)

Estimates of solid waste disposal rates and reduction targets for landfill gas emissions (Nature)

Featured Project Network Members


Verso Energy

Petroleum Club of Romania

PRM Energy Systems

Quality Tonnes

Random Dynamic

Raven Knight

Rolls Royce

Scientific Drilling




Thai Biogas Company


The Coal Authority


Unison Solutions

Urja Biosystems



Meeting Materials Available for Upcoming Coal Sector Events

GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting and UNECE Group of Experts on CMM
Palais de Nations
Geneva, Switzerland
27-28 October 2015

You are invited to participate in the 22nd session of the Coal Subcommittee on 27 October 2015, in conjunction with the 10th session of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) on 28 October 2015. To register and for more information, see the UNECE meeting website.

As discussed during the last Coal Subcommittee meeting in Bogotá, we are planning to adopt an updated Coal Subcommittee Action Plan and Statement of Purpose during the October meeting. Here is a copy of the subcommittee meeting agenda:


International Pittsburgh Coal Conference and 2015 U.S. CMM Conference
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
5-8 October 2015

Time is running out to register for the 2015 U.S. Coal Mine Methane (CMM) Conference, held by the U.S. EPA’s Coalbed Methane Outreach Program. The Conference is the only U.S. conference series dedicated solely to CMM recovery and use, and is being held in conjunction with the 32nd Annual International Pittsburgh Coal Conference. Attend this unique opportunity for in-depth and focused exchange of CMM technical information and policy issues among representatives from industry, government, and academia throughout the world.

Only 7 Months Until the Global Methane Forum!

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Hopefully by now you have heard GMI is hosting the Global Methane Forum (GMF) with our partner, the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Your Washington, D.C.-based Administrative Support Group is pretty excited about it, so here are the details:

WHAT: The GMF seeks to be the foremost international event focused on methane mitigation, recovery, and use in the oil & gas, coal mines, and biogas (municipal solid waste, municipal wastewater, and agriculture [manure management]) sectors. In addition to technical sessions devoted to the aforementioned sectors, the GMF will offer high-level plenary sessions on cross-cutting issues such as project financing, joint GMI-CCAC discussions on projects and policy, and ample opportunities for networking with methane experts in the public and private sectors from around the world.

WHY: To bring together the key public- and private-sector players that are seeking solutions to this harmful pollutant. Additionally, to launch the next phase of GMI.

WHO: Anyone with an interest in methane mitigation – global public-sector policymakers, GMI and CCAC delegates, private-sector project developers, NGOs, technical experts, etc.

WHEN: A 2 to 3-day event during the week of 28 March 2016. The CCAC Working Group Meeting (2 days) will follow the GMF.

WHERE: Washington, D.C., USA at Georgetown University. See here for info on making a reservation. With any luck, the cherry blossoms will have begun to bloom.

So put the date on your calendar and circle it! We will provide updates in this space and on the GMI website periodically.