Coal Mine Methane Protocol

The Coal Mine Methane Protocol provides guidance to quantify, monitor, and verify GHG emission reductions associated with destroying methane that would have otherwise been vented to the atmosphere from active underground coal and Category III gassy trona mines in the United States and its territories. This protocol was originally adopted by the Reserve Board in October 2009.

Version 1.0 and 1.1 of the Coal Mine Methane Protocol were approved by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) and credits issued under these versions are eligible to be Early Action Offset Credits. In June 2013, ARB published a notice on its website regarding early action project guidance. The notice may be accessed here:

Protocol Revisions

The Coal Mine Methane Protocol is not currently undergoing revision.

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the Coal Mine Methane Protocol. Public comments, staff responses to public comments, workgroup participants, and other supporting documents can also be found here.

Click a version of the protocol below to access more information:

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