Coal & Energy Access
Across the world there are 1.3 billion people without access to electricity.
Without targeted global action, the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that in 2035 there will still be one billion people without access to electricity and 2.7 billion without access to clean cooking fuels.
Coal is an essential resource for meeting the challenges facing the modern world. It plays a major role in delivering electricity across the globe, is fundamental in the creation of steel and concrete, and provides energy for transport.
WCA has published Coal - Energy for Sustainable Development, which highlights the vital role coal has in delivering energy to the 1.3 billion people who lack access to it as well as coal's role in building sustainable communities.
This section looks at the challenges of providing greater access to energy worldwide, the role played by coal and how access to energy is essential to sustainable development.