Lighting Up Lives

Coal mining emits greenhouse gas methane which causes a wide range of health problems to miners. As part of the coal bed methane recovery and commercial utilization project, supported by UNDP, the Global Environment Facility and the Government of India, commissioned in 1999 in Jharkhand, coal fields are punctured to tap methane and produce electricity for the national grid as well as for local use. By doing so, the project also helped in making mines safer and more productive, and reduced the environmental and economic consequences of climate change.