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.

 

 

COP21: Methane-Focused Sessions

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It has finally arrived – the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties! Or, more colloquially, COP21. We here at GMI want to ensure that our partners and stakeholders have comprehensive resources related to the methane-focused events.

First, here are the official UNFCCC COP21 schedule, comprehensive list of side events, and activities by our partner the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) at COP21. Some events of interest are:

4 December 2015: Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Focus Day SLCP Focus Day will show the pathways available for action on SLCPs, the measures available with strong commitments to act, how SLCPs reduction can be integrated across sectors, and the policies and tools enacted at various levels of government and society to mitigate these pollutants.

5 December 2015: Lessons Learned from the World Bank’s Pilot Auction Facility – Lessons learned from the PAF’s first auction as well as plans for future auctions.

7 December 2015: Reducing Methane Emissions from Oil & Gas Operations (side event) – The oil and gas sector is the second largest source of anthropogenic methane emissions, and gas flaring at oil production sites emits pollutants like black carbon and more than 300 million tons of carbon dioxide annually. This official COP21 side event will provide policy makers and other stakeholders with the latest information on these two issues and discuss the steps being taken by governments and industry to reduce emissions from the sector.

8 December 2015: SLCPs and INDCs: Tackling short-lived climate pollutants to raise ambition (side event) – This session will examine how measures to reduce SLCPs can help countries meet and exceed the goals set in their Paris pledges, support development and address key local concerns such as air pollution. The event will provide an overview of how countries can link SLCP actions with their climate and low-emissions development strategies, examine the political economy of tackling SLCPs, and hear directly from different countries that are actively addressing SLCPs.

8 December 2015: Waste: Mitigating Methane Emissions: From Science to Innovative Solutions (side event)

9 December 2015: CCAC Official Event: Addressing Near-term Climate Change with Multiple Benefits (side event) – A high-level panel discussion highlighting multiple benefits from reducing SLCPs, with links between climate and development work.

 

You can stay up to date on the latest COP21 news from our Twitter feed and the official UNFCCC Newsroom.