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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.

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The Global Energy Challenge

In 1992 the first Rio Conference took place. But after 20 years of action to address the challenges of sustainable development, billions of people across the world still live in poverty. The world must take action.


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Coal and Clean Energy

Coal currently supplies around 30% of primary energy and 41% of global electricity generation. Coal will play a major role complementing renewable energy sources and will be a key source of energy to address gaps in wind and solar powered electricity.

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Coal and Sustainable Development

Coal mining is a critical contributor to many economies and makes a substantial contribution to improving the livelihoods of many. This is especially true in developing countries, allowing them to address the challenges of poverty and development.

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