About the initiative
Australia is an active participant and a founding member of the Global Methane Initiative (GMI) (the former Methane to Markets Partnership) that contributes to reducing methane emissions internationally.
The GMI provides an international framework involving over 40 countries to create a voluntary framework for international cooperation to reduce methane emissions and advance the recovery and use of methane as a valuable clean energy source. The GMI focuses on the development of strategies for the abatement, recovery and use of methane through technology development, demonstration and deployment.
The capacity to support portfolio objectives is demonstrated through the GMI's direct engagement with the private sector with the GMI leveraging the resources and expertise of more than 1000 Project Network members.
The GMI is also the only international initiative that is focussed on the abatement of methane emissions, which is important as methane emissions have the second highest greenhouse gas impact after carbon dioxide emissions.
Since its formation in 2004, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism (the Department) has been actively involved in the GMI Steering Committee, as well as the GMI Coal Sub-committee.
The most recent GMI Expo was held in March 2013 in Vancouver, Canada. The Expo is a premier international forum for promoting the recovery and use of methane through new projects and technologies.
For more information about the GMI please contact the GMI Support Team at or go to Global Methane Initiative.