Last week I attended the Assocarboni National Congress 2016 in Rome to talk about the post-COP21 energy landscape.
The foundation of this Paris Agreement are the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) submitted by countries in the lead-up to COP21. Countries must be supported in the implementation of their NDCs, which for many include a role for low emission coal technologies, such as high efficiency low emissions coal (HELE) and carbon capture and storage (CCS).
As coal has fuelled the 21st century so far, it remains an important part of the global energy mix. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global electricity from coal is expected to grow by around 24% to 2040.
The conference promoted a debate between businesses and institutions, in a meeting of crucial importance for the competitiveness of the Italian power sector and heard from world operators and industry and addressed the policies needed in order for Italy to choose the best energy mix for its competitiveness towards an effective exploitation of national resources.
We cannot wish coal out of the energy mix. Instead, we should focus on fast-tracking the use of all low emission technologies, particularly HELE coal and CCS.