Last week the International Energy Agency (IEA) published its annual World Energy Outlook. In response, Michelle Manook, Chief Executive of the World Coal Association (WCA), reaffirmed her organisation’s support for the deployment of all low emission technologies.
“The World Energy Outlook 2019, alongside the recently published Southeast Asia Energy Outlook, is a reminder from the International Energy Agency that any credible energy and climate policy must focus on all fuels and technologies,” she said.
“The Outlook forecasts that coal will remain the most significant contributor in global energy supply, particularly in developing economies in South and Southeast Asia.
“Reliable, stable electricity grids are vital to supporting the development of industries, businesses and public services that are the foundations of modern societies. Alongside this, coal is key to the materials – the steel, cement, concrete – that are used to build our societies.”
Manook acknowledged this is the reason so many countries choose coal, in particular governments across Asia, where it is key to building economies. “It is essential that these countries are supported to use coal cleanly,” she added.
“Coal technologies are available today that can either significantly reduce or eliminate CO2 emissions and, of equal importance, eliminate the emissions that contribute to air quality issues.”
World Coal Association members have demonstrated their commitment to innovation and are actively working with governments, industry and investors to deliver the zero emissions pathway.
“As Dr Fatih Birol emphasised, a ‘grand coalition’ is needed to ensure that this can be achieved,” said Manook. “We need a pragmatic, solution-focused and agnostic mindset if we are to achieve our global economic and environment aspirations.”