Key findings from the IEA World Energy Outlook Special Report on Southeast Asia:
Comments from Benjamin Sporton, CEO of the World Coal Association:
“As we approach COP21, it’s essential that we recognise the reality of growing coal use in many regions of the world and work to ensure coal is used as cleanly as possible through the use of low emission coal technologies. This report is a reminder that for many regions of the world, coal will continue to be the dominant source of electricity for years to come, and underscores how vital it is for us to fast-track the deployment of high efficiency low emission (HELE) coal technologies across the region.
“HELE coal technologies available today can make huge improvements in the environmental performance of coal-fired power stations. Increasing the average efficiency of the global coal fleet from 33% to 40% would save us two gigatonnes of CO2, which is equivalent to India’s annual CO2 emissions.
“In fact, earlier this year the WCA launched a Platform to Accelerate Coal Efficiency (PACE) to work with the global community to raise efficiency levels across the global coal fleet. We will be working with the IEA to support the deployment of high efficiency low emissions coal throughout the region.”