Global Coal Mine Tracker

From Global Energy Monitor

The Global Coal Mine Tracker is a coal mine dataset created and maintained by Global Energy Monitor.

The coal mine database includes operating mines and proposed projects. It features information on mine-level ownership structure, production and capacity, resources and reserves, operational status, mining methods, workforce size, coal type, primary consumers, life of mine, coal mine methane emission estimates, and other data.

The mines in the database are each linked to a public wiki page that provides a repository of in-depth information, including project background, financing, environmental impacts, labor activity, public opposition, aerial photographs, videos, links to permits, and maps.

The global coal mine database can be requested here.

History

January 2021

In January 2021, the Global Coal Mine Tracker launched with 1,200 mines. It provided information on major coal operations worldwide: every operating mine producing 5 million tonnes per year or larger, and every proposed mine with a capacity of 1 million tonne per year or larger.

The dataset was used for briefings and reports on the Covid-19 in coal mines,[1] coal mine methane emissions,[2] and global proposed coal projects.[3]

June 2021

In June 2021, the first mid-year update of the Global Coal Mine Tracker included over 1,500 mines, with information on every operating mine producing 3 million tonnes per year or larger, and every proposed mine with a capacity of 1 million tonne per year or larger. The update included expansions of global coverage and greater detail on commercial resources and reserves.

January 2022

By January 2022, the Global Coal Mine Tracker will have cataloged every coal mine producing 1 million tonne per year or larger and every proposed coal mine project.

Methodology

Architecture

Global Energy Monitor’s Global Coal Mine Tracker uses a two-level system for organizing information, consisting of both a database and wiki pages with further information. The database tracks individual coal mines and a wiki page created for each coal mine in GEM.wiki contains footnoted details.

Research Process

Preliminary lists of coal mines in each country were gathered from public and private data sources and vetted against additional sources of information:

  • Government data on individual coal mines
  • Reports by state-owned and private mining companies
  • News and media reports
  • Local non-governmental organizations tracking mining permits and mine operations
  • On the ground contacts who can provide first-hand information about a project or mine


Where possible, coal mine data is circulated for review to researchers familiar with local conditions and languages.

Summary Tables

The Global Coal Mine Tracker includes summary tables on major data, including production, greenhouse gas emissions, and number of mines for the national, regional, and company level.

Reports & Briefings

Request Data

The database can be requested here.

References