Coal industry experts from across the globe gathered today to discuss the role cleaner technologies can play in reducing carbon emissions.
The World Coal Association (WCA), which is a global industry association formed of major international coal producers and stakeholders, brought together its members for a workshop in London.
They discussed the energy challenges the world faces and called on governments across the globe to recognise the “vital role” of cleaner coal technologies and boost investment in low-emission projects.
Glencore’s Mick Buffier, WCA’s Chairman said: “For many countries, the reality is the only way they can meet their growing energy needs is through affordable, readily available coal.
“According to the International Energy Agency (IEA) global electricity from coal is expected to grow by around 33% to 2040. Given this growth, it is essential that there is greater investment in cleaner coal technologies to widen their deployment – this includes high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal technologies and carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS).”
A number of activists blocked the front and back entrances to the conference today in protest against the coal industry’s promotion of CCS, which they say is “yet to be proven at a viable scale and is seen as a smokescreen for the necessary action needed on climate change”.