Cutting coal mine methane emissions with data and policy
Ember launched in 2020 with a focus on shifting the world from coal to clean electricity. While analysing the impact of coal power on the climate, it became clear that the massive methane emissions from coal mining were being overlooked and drastically underestimated.
Ember's Programme Lead, Coal Mine MethaneThis issue is doubly overlooked. Methane is overlooked compared to carbon dioxide emissions. And methane emissions from coal mines in particular are being overlooked compared to the oil and gas sectors, and almost totally ignored in the steel industry.
The ambition required for 1.5C
Methane is a fast-acting greenhouse gas that is supercharging the climate crisis.
Cutting methane emissions is one of the most effective ways to limit global warming in the near term. By 2030, coal mine methane emissions need to fall by three-quarters, according to the IEA Net Zero Scenario.
Around two-thirds of this will be achieved through a reduction in coal mining, as coal power falls rapidly and coal-fired steel begins to reduce. The remaining reductions will be achieved using technologies to tackle emissions from mines.
Fall in coal mine methane emissions required by 2030
Tonnes of methane leaked from coal mines in 2022