Statement from Michelle Manook, Chief Executive, World Coal Association
The World Coal Association acknowledges the India Energy Outlook 2021 and supports the International Energy Agency’s call to support India in building a reliable, affordable and sustainable energy mix to meet the needs of its growing population.
India is approaching its energy transition maturely and sustainably. The importance of dependable and secure energy is clear, with coal projected to remain the largest single source of electricity in India in 2040.
India is choosing to prioritise economic growth enabled by a resilient energy mix, inclusive of coal and clean coal technologies.
It recognises that coal will continue to play a vital role in supporting intermittent renewable energy sources to underpin infrastructure development and industrialisation.
A pragmatic and collaborative focus from international governments, industry, and investors is now needed to ensure that policies are in place to support the deployment of all clean technologies. An upcoming Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) report, ‘A Pathway to Reducing Emissions from Coal Power in India’, provides a model for wider development and deployment of efficient, clean coal technologies in India to meet environmental goals.
Our success as a global community in meeting our environmental goals will rely on a realistic and levelised approach.