On April 11-13, the XXXI edition of the School of Underground Exploitation took place. Apart from the most important scientific and research institutes in Poland, the conference was attended by all the largest mining companies and companies cooperating with the mining industry. During the three days of School, over 15 thematic sessions were held, in which the employees of Jastrzębska Spółka Węglowa actively participated.
One of the sessions prepared by the International Center of Excellence for Methane from Coal Mines in Poland (ICE-CMM Polska), UNECE Group of Experts on Methane from Coal Mines and Just Transition and GMI under the title "Methane from mines - legal conditions, monitoring, capture and utilization”, directly touched current topics related to methane, its use and legal conditions, in particular with the announced Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of methane emissions in the energy sector. Director Artur Badylak, Methane Drainage and Management Office, during his speech, analyzed the legal requirements in relation to the technical possibilities of reducing methane emissions. The issues raised concerned mainly Article 22 of the above-mentioned proposed regulation, which provides for a ban on methane emissions from methane drainage stations and a ban on methane emissions from ventilation shafts. The director confronted the ambition of lawmakers in the absence of proven, safe and cost-effective VAM capture solutions.