The World Coal Association held a conference last week in Washington, DC with the title “Accelerating Deployment of Low Emission Coal Technology in the US and Globally”. The conference provided a platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue on cleaner coal technologies, including carbon capture, use and storage, and considered the necessary drivers to encourage their deployment.
The conference heard from the US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, who provided the keynote address. Secretary Perry noted the innovation pathway of cleaner coal technology over the past forty years from reduced emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulphur dioxide, and airborne particulates by as much as 93%. More recently, the Secretary highlighted gains in reducing carbon emissions, cutting them by 14%. He highlighted the scope for further reductions in the near future through innovation, including CCUS, which the Administration remains committed to.