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Coal AS VK Tiwari to represent India as Vice Chair in Global Methane Initiative (GMI)

VK Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, will represent India as the Vice Chair in the Steering Committee of Global Methane Initiative (GMI)
VK Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, will represent India as the Vice Chair in the Steering Committee of Global Methane Initiative (GMI)
VK Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, will represent India as the Vice Chair in the Steering Committee of Global Methane Initiative (GMI)
  • India is the founder member among the 45 nations who are part of the GMI and is now a Vice Chair in the committee
  • Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) Chairman-cum-Managing Director Manoj Kumar will be the Member of the Steering Committee

New Delhi: VK Tiwari, Additional Secretary, Ministry of Coal, will represent India as the Vice Chair in the Steering Committee of Global Methane Initiative (GMI). India is the founder member among the 45 nations who are part of the GMI and is now a Vice Chair in the committee. Central Mine Planning & Design Institute (CMPDI) Chairman-cum-Managing Director Binay Dayal will be the Member of the Steering Committee and Co-chair of Coal Subcommittee and Head of Department (HoD), Clean Energy at CMPDI, will be the Alternate delegate.

The GMI Steering Committee is currently chaired by Canada. The US is likely to be another Vice Chair of the committee, said a post shared by CMPDI on Facebook.

Why does the GMI Vice Chair position matter for India?

Explaining the significance of India being chosen as the Vice Chair of the GMI Steering Committee, Peeyush Kumar, a Director in the Ministry of Coal, said, “It is a culmination of the efforts undertaken by the Ministry of Coal. And it will boost India’s own efforts to explore ways to recover and use coal bed methane (CBM) as a clean energy source, especially considering that India has the world’s third-largest coal reserves.” 

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The Steering Committee of the GMI governs the overall framework, policies, and procedures of the GMI. It also reviews the progress of the initiative and provides guidance to the GMI Secretariat and Subcommittees.

Background

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 organisations 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).

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