The international community should support advanced coal technologies in India to drive economic development.
That’s the view of Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of World Coal Association, who believes high-efficiency, low-emission coal technologies will be “essential” in providing affordable power while cutting emissions to meet climate goals.
He said: “India is working hard to reduce emissions from coal but it would benefit from greater international support to build modern coal technology. Coal will help fuel the economic development of India’s economy as it urbanises and industrialises over the decades to come.
“With 300 million people currently living without access to electricity and many more – including businesses that can help drive growth – suffering from intermittent supply, coal will do much of the heaving lifting in powering up India’s economy.”
Mr Sporton added while renewable technologies such as solar could result in high emission reductions in India, “they do not provide the scale of generation growth required to meet electrification targets”.
He believes all forms of power generation will have a role to play in the country, with modern coal plants bringing “huge co-benefits”.
In the UK, the government has announced all coal plants will be shut down by 2025.