International workshop focusses on deploying HELE coal in Indonesia

6th Sep 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia – The World Coal Association (WCA) in collaboration with the Ministries of Environment & Forestry and Energy & Natural Resources of Indonesia, held today in Jakarta a joint workshop titled “Building pathways for high efficiency low emissions coal technology in Indonesia”.

Speaking before  the workshop, Benjamin Sporton, WCA Chief Executive said: “Indonesia is the world’s fourth-largest coal producer. As the country will continue to use coal to meet its increasing energy demand, Indonesia will need to deploy high efficiency low emissions (HELE) coal technologies in order to support its emission reduction targets. Today’s workshop highlighted how Indonesia can continue to use its considerable coal resources consistent with its commitments to climate action as part of the Paris Agreement.”

HELE coal technology is important for reducing CO2 and other emissions from coal-fired power generation and has been identified by the International Energy Agency (IEA) as an essential climate mitigation tool.

“HELE coal technology can reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 35% compared to older less efficient technology,” Mr Sporton said, “that means countries can benefit from affordable, reliable and accessible electricity from coal to support their economic development while significantly reducing emissions consistent with their climate objectives.”

In the lead-up to Paris, many countries, including Indonesia, identified a role for HELE technology as part of their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Indonesia’s INDC committed to unconditionally reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 29% by 2030 and with international support extending that target to 41%.

“Clearly, Indonesia requires a low emission pathway for coal to ensure the integration of climate, energy and economic policy. That is why in 2014 we established the global Platform to Accelerate Coal Efficiency (PACE) to support countries that choose to use coal to deploy the most efficient coal technology. In today’s workshop a range of international experts including private and public sector representatives from Indonesia, discussed strategies about how the country can accelerate the use of HELE technologies in order to meet both its economic development and its climate objectives”.

With 39 million people currently without access to electricity in Indonesia and per capital domestic electricity consumption roughly a quarter that of China, coal power generation in Indonesia is forecast to grow by 160% between 2013 and 2022 as the economy continues to develop. Using HELE coal technology will provide a significant opportunity to reduce emissions. The WCA believes the international community has a role in making this happen.

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