LONDON – The international coal industry has welcomed the publication of an important new report by the IEA’s Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) calling it an important step on the pathway to near-zero emissions coal.
Speaking about the release of the report, 21st Century Coal – Advanced Technology and Global Energy Solution, Milton Catelin, Chief Executive of the World Coal Association (WCA) said: “This report is an important piece of advice to the International Energy Agency and global policymakers on the role of coal in a carbon-constrained world. It demonstrates a clear technological pathway to providing cleaner energy access to the 1.3 billion people who lack it. We call on the IEA and other policymakers to heed the findings and latest recommendations of the CIAB’s report.”
The key message of the report focuses on improving efficiencies for advanced coal-fired power generation as a first step to reducing CO2 emissions. It states: “An estimated 59 GT of reduced CO2 emissions from coal power could have been achieved, had new coal units over the past 50 years used the highest efficiency technology available when built”.
The report also highlights the transformational potential of CCUS (Carbon Capture Use and Storage) for achieving near-zero emissions from coal-fired power generation, including using EOR (Enhanced Oil Recovery) to strengthen the business case for CCS.
In its conclusion, the CIAB report states that: “Coal will remain the cornerstone fuel in the global energy economy for decades to come. In 2013, the IEA should leverage its stature and undertake a special initiative to re-educate OECD leaders on this and other aspects of world energy. Such an initiative would be highly constructive by contributing to a greater understanding of crucial energy issues on the part of policymakers and the public they serve. In turn, such understanding would enhance prospects for consensus between developed and developing world leaders on balanced policy measures to achieve the dual benefits to human civilisation resulting from increased energy access and advanced emissions technology.”
Milton Catelin said: “Energy access and climate change should be treated as integrated priorities. We urge governments, the international community and the IEA to recognise that the increasing demand for coal means its central role in the global energy system cannot be ignored. The IEA has a responsibility to educate the global community that coal and clean coal technologies are here to stay and will be an essential part of the global climate solution.”
“We need to get serious about deploying carbon capture and storage – for gas as well as coal. But we can take much more effective, affordable and immediate action by supporting the deployment of high-efficiency, low-emission coal-fired power plants. The IEA’s own research has shown that deploying modern, highly efficient coal plants can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 30% from coal-fired power generation and it can do this at a much lower cost than renewable energies. That means there are huge economic and climate benefits from building more efficient coal-fired power stations.”
The World Coal Association was founded in 1985 and has been working on behalf of the global coal industry for 28 years. WCA’s Members comprise the world’s major international coal producers and stakeholders. Membership is open to companies and not-for-profit organisations from anywhere in the world. The WCA provides a voice for coal in international environment and energy forums, presenting the case for coal to key stakeholders worldwide.
The Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) is a group of high level executives from coal-related industrial enterprises, established by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in July 1979 to provide advice to the IEA on a wide range of issues relating to coal.
CIAB Members are drawn from 20 countries accounting for over 85% of world coal production. Members also represent major electricity producers, together with other coal consuming industries and coal related organisations. The CIAB supports the IEA in delivering its responses on climate change, clean energy and sustainable development, as well as advising on issues for coal relevant to world energy security. To download a free copy of the report, click here.