Below are some frequently asked questions about the Global Methane Initiative. If you have a question that's not answered here, we encourage you to submit an inquiry to the Administrative Support Group using the Contact Us Form or by email at asg@globalmethane.org.
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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the Global Methane Initiative (GMI)?
  2. GMI is an international public-private partnership focused on reducing barriers to the recovery and use of methane as a clean energy source. The initiative provides technical support to deploy methane-to-energy projects around the world as well as information resources through its extensive online library featuring best practices, technical tools and resources, and more.

    To support this effort, GMI collaborates with its Partner Countries and more than 700 Project Network members to exchange information and technical resources to advance methane mitigation in three key sectors: Oil & Gas, Biogas, and Coal Mines.

    Additionally, GMI works with other international organizations focused on methane recovery and use, including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the Energy Agency (IEA).

    View or download the fact sheet.

  3. What countries are participating in the GMI?
  4. GMI includes 45 Partner Countries, which together represent approximately 75 percent of the world's estimated man-made methane emissions.

    Representatives of national governments with an interest in promoting methane projects can request to join GMI at any time.

  5. What are the commitments of Partner Countries?
  6. Participating countries sign the Terms of Reference, which outlines the purpose, organizational structure, and functions of GMI. This document also outlines more specific activities to be undertaken by GMI, such as:

    • Identify cost-effective opportunities to recover methane emissions for energy production.
    • Address barriers to project development (e.g., legal, regulatory, financial, institutional).
    • Foster cooperation among Partner Countries, the private sector, and other organizations.

    All Partners are also encouraged to develop GMI Partner Action Plans using the Action Planning guidance (2013, PDF, 7 pp, 191 KB). Partner Action Plans identify the overall vision for a Partner's participation in GMI, outline key country activities and priorities, and provide a mechanism to advance cooperation among Partners by identifying needs and opportunities. The GMI Steering Committee asks that Partners submit their plans to the Administrative Support Group for posting.

  7. Can the private sector and other organizations participate in GMI?
  8. Yes! Active involvement by private sector entities, financial institutions, and other non-governmental organizations is essential to build capacity, transfer technology, and promote private investment. GMI's Project Network connects organizations with similar objectives to exchange information and encourages collaboration and communication among Project Network Members.

  9. What is the difference between a Partner and a Project Network member?
  10. Partners are countries whose national governments sign the Terms of Reference document. Partners appoint delegates to represent their government on each subcommittee for the key sectors (i.e., Oil & Gas, Biogas, and Coal Mines) in which they have an interest. Partners may also have representatives on the Steering Committee.

    The Project Network links organizations together to advance methane mitigation through communication, project development and implementation, and private-sector involvement. Members include private-sector companies, energy end users, local government organizations, research programs, financial institutions, and other non-governmental organizations. Project Network members are encouraged to attend subcommittee meetings, technical workshops, and other knowledge-sharing events.

  11. How does GMI achieve its goals?
  12. GMI provides technical support to deploy methane-to-energy projects around the world. Since 2004, GMI support has enabled Partner Countries to launch hundreds of methane recovery and use projects.

    GMI is an information resource for Partner Countries, Project Network members, and other stakeholders. GMI’s website serves as an online library with extensive information on methane-to-energy projects, best practices, and technical tools and resources. GMI also supports meetings, webinars, and workshops, technology transfer and other training events, feasibility studies, and other forms of technical assistance.

    GMI collaborates with other international organizations focused on methane recovery and use, including the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

    Develop and Maintain Partnerships Perform Assessments and Provide Tools Conduct Capacity Building and Information Sharing
    • Conferences
    • Presentations to Partners and Other Stakeholders
    • Subcommittee Meetings
    • Other Meetings
    • Site Visits
    • Pre-Feasibility Studies
    • Scoping Missions
    • Reports/Technical Presentations
    • Tools/Models/Databases
    • Workshops
    • Trainings
    • Analyses
    • Consultations

  13. How can I contact my country representative?
  14. Partner countries can designate country representatives to the GMI subcommittees (Oil & Gas, Biogas, and Coal Mines). These representatives can be found under the Subcommittee heading on each Partner Country page.

  15. What are the benefits of methane emission reductions?
  16. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas. Over its 12-year lifetime in the atmosphere, it traps 28 times more heat than carbon dioxide, resulting in a stronger influence on warming. Methane’s short atmospheric lifetime also means that reductions today can make an immediate impact to slow warming. These reductions result in many benefits including:

    • Decreased greenhouse gases
    • Better air and water quality
    • Improved human health
    • Increased worker safety
    • Enhanced energy security
    • Expanded economic growth

  17. How does the GMI relate to UNFCCC commitments?
  18. GMI is a complementary initiative to a country's commitments under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). GMI helps countries build capacity and provides technical support to advance methane mitigation projects to help advance their efforts under the UNFCCC.

  19. How can I submit an inquiry to GMI?
  20. GMI encourages anyone who may have questions about recovery and use of methane, project ideas, tools and resources, or international events to submit an inquiry to the Administrative Support Group using the Contact Us Form or by email at asg@globalmethane.org.

Communication

Interested national governments may request to become Partners in the Global Methane Initiative at any time. Governments that join GMI have the opportunity to participate in the work of the GMI Steering Committee, which guides the work of the initiative as a whole, as well as any GMI subcommittees that may be of interest: biogas, coal mines, and oil and gas.

If you're interested in becoming a partner country, send us an email.

The Project Network is a growing community of private-sector entities, financial institutions, and other governmental and non-governmental organizations with an interest in methane abatement, recovery, and use projects.

Project Network members are actively involved in the Initiative and are critical to its success. Working with countries who are Global Methane Initiative (GMI) Partners, Project Network members can galvanize action, setting the stage for methane reduction projects.

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