Development of coalbed methane resources in China

  • Executing agency: UN/DESA Division for Sustainable Development
  • Start date: 30 April 1992
  • End date: 30 June 1999
  • Partners: UNDP, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank, Government, Research Institute and Industry
  • Total budget: USD 9,296,467

The project will assist China in controlling emission of methane, a potent greenhouse gas and thereby aims to better protect the global and local environment. This aim will be achieved by technical and institutional preparation for the formulation of the national strategy to develop the methane industry, by introduction and demonstration of a wide variety of technologies and techniques required, and by sensitization of policy-makers of the Government both at central and local levels about environmental and economic significance of rational recovery and use of methane resources. Three benefits will result from the project: improved air quality for the local and international communities, improved safety environment for miners and a new clean-burning energy source.