U.S. Coal Mine Methane Protocol

The U.S. 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 U.S. 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: http://www.arb.ca.gov/cc/capandtrade/offsets/offsets.htm

Project Registration Documents

Document Description Required Phase Privilege
Coal Mine Methane Project Submittal Form A proposal to undertake a coal mine methane project. Project Submittal Public
Project System Diagram Diagrammatic representation of the mine that illustrates how the project is defined and includes the location, quantity and type of boreholes, ventilation shafts, eligible destruction devices and non-qualifying destruction devices within a project’s GHG Assessment Boundary. Verification Private

Protocol Development & Previous Versions

Use the links below to access information about the protocol development process of the U.S. 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:

Please contact the Reserve with questions or comments.