Reducing CO2 emissions

Low emission technologies exist which can make significant reductions in CO2 emissions from coal use. High efficiency, low emission (HELE) coal technologies and carbon capture and storage (CCS) are critical to meeting energy needs and our climate goals.

Moving the current average global efficiency rate of coal-fired power plants from 33% to 40% by deploying off-the-shelf technology could cut 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions now, while allowing affordable energy for economic development and poverty reduction. Deploying HELE coal-fired power plants is also a key first step along a pathway to near-zero emissions from coal with CCS.

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