1 September 2015
LONDON – The World Coal Association (WCA) has today called on climate negotiators meeting this week in Bonn to take positive action to advance the deployment of all low emission technologies.
As the latest round of UNFCCC climate negotiations started in Bonn yesterday, Benjamin Sporton, WCA Chief Executive, stated: “Negotiators have a significant challenge in balancing climate objectives with the very real need to improve energy access to the 1.3 billion people worldwide who live in energy poverty. Key to meeting both challenges will be low emission technologies, including high efficiency, low emission coal technologies and carbon capture and storage.
“All sources of energy have a role to play in meeting demand – both in developed and developing countries. While renewables have an important role to play in providing off-grid electricity to domestic users, it is impossible for an economy to develop without access to affordable, reliable, grid-based electricity. Coal is a key source of grid-based electricity worldwide – according to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global electricity from coal is expected to grow by around 33% to 2040.
“It is therefore essential that we promote the use of the best available technology to ensure coal is used as cleanly as possible. High efficiency low emissions (HELE) coal technologies provide significant immediate CO2 reductions and are a key step on the pathway to carbon capture and storage (CCS). Raising the average efficiency of the global coal fleet from the current 33% to 40% would save 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions – equivalent to India’s annual CO2 emissions or running the Kyoto Protocol three times over.
“Not only do HELE technologies significantly reduce CO2 emissions, they also all but eliminate other emissions that historically have caused concerns about air quality.
“CCS is essential to global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions – it can reduce emissions from coal by 90%. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has found that climate action would be 138% more expensive and it would be unlikely the 2°C target will be met without CCS.
”It is only by treating climate and development objectives as integrated priorities that we will successfully overcome these global challenges. It is essential that any new climate agreement is technology neutral. Reducing emissions globally, while ensuring energy security and economic development, means investing in all low emission technologies, including HELE and CCS.”
World Coal Association
The World Coal Association is a global industry association formed of major international coal producers and stakeholders. The WCA works to demonstrate and gain acceptance for the fundamental role coal plays in achieving a sustainable and lower carbon energy future. Membership is open to companies and not-for-profit organisations with a stake in the future of coal from anywhere in the world, with member companies represented at Chief Executive or Chairman level. WCA is the global network for the coal industry
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