Methane emissions from coal, IEAPER/04

Author(s): Irene Smith , LL Sloss

Ref: IEAPER/04
ISBN: 92-9029-209-1
Published Date: 01/11/1992
No. of Tables: 11
No. of Figures: 4
No. of Pages: 14


Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas after carbon dioxide. There are still many uncertainties in quantifying the emissions and effects of methane. Emissions of methane from coal may arise during coal production, storage, preparation and use. Various estimates of methane emissions from coal use are reviewed critically. It is concluded that estimates need to be based on accurate measurements which are highly site-specific. Extrapolations to derive global emissions of methane from coal may currently be regarded as no more than educated guesses.

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