Delivering a low emissions coal future

Coal accounts for 41 per cent of the world’s electricity generation and is essential in the manufacture of modern infrastructure.

World primary energy demand will increase by 37 per cent between 2012 and 2040. And the simple fact is, the global community will need all available energy options – both renewable and non-renewable – to power the world into the future.

That means there will be no shortage of demand for our nation’s vast reserves of quality thermal and metallurgical coal, and that’s good news for jobs and investment in Australia.

Coal is here to stay.

What is changing is the technology that industry is employing to reduce emissions associated with the production and use of coal.

The story of coal – which has driven exports, wages, investment and tax revenue in Australia for more than a century – is changing and industry is changing with it.

High efficiency, low emission (HELE) technologies are powering some of the world’s largest electricity producers.

As well as HELE, there are 22 large scale Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) projects in operation or under construction globally. Right now, HELE coal-fired power stations integrated with CCS can successfully reduce emissions by around 90 per cent.

SaskPower’s Boundary Dam project in Canada, for example, is the world’s first coal-fired power plant with CCS.

It’s achieving an emissions reduction of 1 million tonnes of CO2 a year. That’s the equivalent of taking 250,000 cars off the road annually.

Coal producers are moving the industry towards a low emissions coal future.

The process is well established and industry – with the support of research and technology from around the world – is taking the necessary steps to ensure a long-term, viable coal future.

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