Climate change and low emissions coal technology
DELIVERING A LOW EMISSIONS COAL FUTURE
There is a technological transformation underway to reduce the emissions associated with the coal-fired power generation.
Hundreds of new high efficiency, low emissions (HELE) coal-fired plants are in operation, under construction or planned in Europe, North America and East Asia led by China and Japan. These plants operate at much higher temperatures and greater pressures producing reliable, base load energy while sharply reducing CO2 emissions by up to 40 per cent.
In addition to sharply reduced carbon emissions, these plants reduce all other emissions including particulates to negligible levels. The plants continue to deliver baseload electricity at a much lower cost than all other energy sources.
These plants will ensure coal has a fundamental role to play in the provision of low cost, reliable energy for decades.
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies are also continuing to be rolled out around the world, including the operation of the world's first commercial CCS plant at Boundary Dam in Saskatchewan, Canada. The Boundary Dam plant has slashed CO2 emissions by up to 90 per cent.