Stakeholders discuss the role of electricity in achieving Agenda 2030

27th Sep 2018

This week, World Coal Association Policy Manager, Liam McHugh will be joining international experts to discuss the role of electricity in achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Countries will choose different pathways to meet the commitments they have made under the Paris Climate Agreement and the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda).

It is also true that technological advancements will have a big impact on the choices that they make.

That’s why this week the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is holding an event to discuss the ongoing energy transition and the role that various stakeholders can play in accelerating and deepening the transition to sustainable energy systems.

This year’s Sustainable Energy Week will be the 27th meeting of the UNECE’s Committee on Sustainable Energy.

Speaking at the 27th Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy, Liam highlighted the ongoing role of coal, telling participants that beyond electricity, coal has always been a critical enabler of development in the modern world – 75% of the 1.6 billion tonnes of steel produced last year used coal as a key component. Likewise, coal is a critical ingredient for 85% of the worlds cement production.

And this role is set to continue, particularly as developing countries seek to provide electricity for the 1.1 billion people currently without it. For many of these countries, especially those in Southeast Asia, excluding coal from the energy mix is not an option because for those countries improved energy access drives economic development.

Liam highlighted that given this ongoing role, it is vital that we widen deployment of low emission coal technologies.

You will recall that last year, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between WCA and the UNECE. In that MOU, UNECE and WCA agreed to work together through UNECE's Committee on Sustainable Energy and its subsidiary bodies, the Groups of Experts on Coal Mine Methane and on Cleaner Electricity Production from Fossil Fuels.

For further information on the event visit the UNECE website.