Responding to BP’s Statistical Review of World Energy 2018, Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of the World Coal Association (WCA) said:
“BP’s Energy Outlook continues to support a number of other independent forecasts that suggest that despite the well-documented growth of renewables, fossil fuels, including coal, will remain dominant sources of energy in the global energy mix. Coal still accounts for a significant share of the global energy mix at 27%.
The latest figures prove how important coal continues to be in powering growth in developing and emerging economies. It’s therefore essential that we recognise this and support countries to use emission reduction technologies like carbon capture use and storage, which allow them to meet climate obligations while at the same time meeting economic imperatives.
We'll be more successful in meeting climate targets if we focus on addressing emissions instead of trying to get rid of a fuel that many depend on for economic development.”