GMI Calendar – Exciting Upcoming Events

August is a slow month here in hot, sticky Washington, D.C., where your GMI Administrative Support Group (ASG) is based, but more exciting months are ahead. Here’s what’s coming up in September/October:

16th International Symposium and Exhibition on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China
12-14 September 2016: Jincheng, China
nios-logoHeld by the National Institute for Occupational Safety (NIOS) and the China Coal Information Institute (CCII), the International Symposium on CBM/CMM and Shale Gas in China is an international communication platform which brings together stakeholders to share experiences and project-oriented solutions to the problem of CBM/CMM development. The Symposium will also consider shale gas policies and development and commercialization strategies.

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress
19-21 September 2016Novi Sad, Serbia
How will Southeast Europe reach the standards and goals of waste management set out in the EU directive? We know that countries such as Austria, Sweden, Netherlands and Japan took more than 30 years to reach their current high levels of effective waste management. Can Southeast Europe meets its deadline in a decade? How and at what cost? How will this be financed? Which technologies will be used? What types of laws and regulations are needed to achieve this? How will authorities communicate to citizens the choices before them? What kind of lessons can be learned from the successful or failed attempts of other countries? Which sciences and studies can be applied in the region? These are the topics, challenges and debates expected at ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad in 2016.

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Working Group Meeting
20-21 September 2016: Paris, France
CCAC_logoThe Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) will hold its biannual Working Group Meeting in Paris, following the last Working Group Meeting at the Global Methane Forum. The focus of this Working Group Meeting will be learning more about the progress and impact of CCAC initiatives through interactive sessions. It will also involve discussion and agreement on changes to the CCAC partnership and governance following the work of the Task Team, including changes to streamline the funding process, and preparations for the High Level Assembly (HLA) in Marrakesh on the margins of COP22. A member of the GMI ASG will attend to represent GMI in its new role as non-state Partner. As this meeting is not open to the public, stay tuned for our report on the meeting.

24th World Mining Congress: Mining in a World of Innovation
18-21 October 2016: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
world-mining-congress-logoThe World Mining Congress is a world mining event that takes place every 3 years. The event aims to promote and support, both technically and scientifically, the cooperation for the national and international development of mineral areas and resources, and implement a global information network concerning mineral science, technology, economy, occupational health and safety and environmental protection.

11th Session Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane / GMI Coal Subcommittee Meeting
24-25 October 2016: Geneva, Switzerland
The UNECE Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane (CMM) undertakes and promotes activities aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from coal mines. Apart from its focus on reduction of the carbon footprint of the mining industry, the Group of Experts also works toward the improvement of underground mine safety conditions. Through its activities in the field of methane recovery and use, the Group of Experts helps to reduce the risk of coal mine explosions, and thus helps to save lives and avoid large-scale economic losses.



World Bank PAF Second Auction and Consultation Series

The Pilot Auction Facility for Methane and Climate Change Mitigation (PAF) is pleased to announce the date and parameters of its second auction, as well as the release of the Bidder Application Package. In addition, PAF will host a series of informational consultations and webinars in the coming weeks to provide an update on its upcoming second auction.

The second auction is scheduled for 12 May 2016 and will have a budget of $20 million. It will be a forward auction, where the price guarantee for emission reductions is fixed at $3.50 per ton and the premium cost to purchase the price guarantee will be bid up, starting at $0.06 per ton. The full list of parameters can be found on the PAF website.

Parties wishing to receive the Bidder Application Package can do so by sending an email to PAF will offer price guarantees to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the solid waste, wastewater or agricultural waste sectors. Interested colleagues are invited to review the second auction eligibility criteria, frequently asked questions and explanatory videos on the PAF website.

The series of informational consultations and webinars includes two webinars and six in-person meetings, the last of which will take place at GMI’s Global Methane Forum on 28 March 2016. These events will provide an overview of the auction’s eligibility criteria, parameters, and timeline, as well as the steps required to participate in the auction. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive direct answers to their questions regarding the second auction. You will find below the complete list of events with corresponding registration links. For more information, see the events page on the PAF website.

Location Date Time* Venue Address Registration
London Monday, 7 March 2016 10:00 – 12:00 The Millennium Gloucester Hotel 4-18 Harrington Gardens, London, GB SW7 4LH, United Kingdom Register
Zurich Wednesday, 9 March 2016 16:30 – 18:00 The Sheraton Zurich Hotel Pfingstweidstrasse 100, 8005 Zürich, Switzerland Register
New Delhi Wednesday, 16 March 2016 08:30 – 10:30 The Silver Oak, India Habitat Centre Lodhi Road, New Delhi, Delhi 110003, India Register
Bogotá Friday, 18 March 2016 10:00 – 12:00 Bogotá World Bank Office Cr 7 # 71 – 21, Torre A, piso 16, Bogotá, Colombia Register
São Paulo Monday, 21 March 2016 09:30 – 12:00 São Paulo, IFC Office R. James Joule, 65, São Paulo – SP, 04576-080, Brazil Register
Webinar 1 Wednesday, 23 March 2016 09:00 – 11:00 Webex Online Register
Webinar 2 Wednesday, 23 March 2016 20:00 – 22:00 Webex Online Register
Washington, DC Monday, 28 March 2016 14:00 – 16:00 Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20007 Register

*all times in local time, in the time zone of the location of the event

Should you have any questions, please email If you would like to receive emailed updates directly from the PAF, please subscribe using this form.

Global Methane Forum – Speaker Highlights

GMI and our partners at the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) have many interesting and exciting speakers lined up for the Global Methane Forum. Here is a little information about two of them.


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Terry Cho is a specialist working in urban water and sanitation issues as part of the World Bank’s China and Mongolia Sustainable Development project. His presentation on 29 March, in the 14:00 China session, will highlight tremendous opportunities for improving sludge treatment practices while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The presentation will focus on a new World Bank report on sludge management strategy in China that analyzes current sludge management practices and recommends improved best management practices from projects across the globe. Mr. Cho holds an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.


Jose Penido, COMLURBjose-penido-2

Jose Henrique Penido Monteiro is a Senior Advisor to the Rio de Janeiro City Solid Waste Company (COMLURB). Mr. Penido has coordinated efforts among GMI, the CCAC, and the C-40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector. At the Forum, he will be presenting a case study of Rio de Janeiro’s transformation of its waste management practices to become a greener and cleaner city ahead of the 2016 Summer Olympics.


Stay tuned for more news and highlights about the fantastic slate of speakers lined up for the Forum! For a draft agenda and other information about the Forum, visit or our FAQ post.



























GMI Visits Brazil

In early October 2015, the Global Methane Initiative traveled to São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to focus on methane mitigation in the landfill and wastewater sectors.

São Paulo: GMI’s MSW sector advisors attended a Forum on Waste Management hosted by the Brazilian Association of Public Cleaning Companies and Special Waste (ABRELPE). The forum allowed for an exchange of different and complementary approaches to waste management and resource efficiency. GMI presented on integrating methane mitigation into the MSW sector to an audience of approximately 150 people.

Rio de Janeiro: The team then traveled to Rio de Janeiro to participate in a biannual conference held by the Brazilian Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineering (ABES). The theme of this year’s conference was Climate Change and Environmental Sanitation Management. On behalf of GMI, Floriano Ferreira presented “Tools and Criteria for Financial Analysis of Biogas Projects in the Waste Water Sector” in a biogas-focused panel attended by approximately 250 people.


Meanwhile, the GMI Administrative Support Group manned a booth in the exhibition hall, promoting methane mitigation in the wastewater sector. We were pleased to see that our friends at Probiogas – a Brazil-Germany project Fostering Energy Use of Biogas in Brazil – were also in attendance.


Following the ABES conference, the GMI technical team attended a workshop sponsored by GMI, the CCAC, Rio de Janeiro’s Municipal Waste Management Company (COMLURB), C40 Cities, and Texas A&M Transportation Institute on Sustainable Transportation for Solid Waste Collection. This workshop featured notable addresses from the President of COMLURB and the city of Rio de Janeiro’s Secretary of Transportation, as well as engaging presentations on topics such as a landfill gas to transportation fuel project and C40 initiatives on sustainable transportation.

All in all, a successful trip to Brazil!