The World Coal Association (WCA) says this week’s International Energy Agency’s (IEA) ‘Energy and Climate Change’ report highlights the importance of investment in cleaner coal technologies.
Increasing the average efficiency of the global coal fleet from its current 33% to 40% would save 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions, equivalent to India’s annual emissions.
The report notes that high efficiency coal plants are also an important first step on the pathway to deploying carbon capture and storage, which requires significant further investment, it suggests.
“The IEA report highlights how crucial cleaner coal technologies will be if global climate ambitions are to be met. Even in a world with significant growth in renewable energy the IEA says coal will still be a critical part of the global energy mix for decades to come,” said WCA Chief Executive Benjamin Sporton.
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