The CEO of the World Coal Association (WCA), Benjamin Sporton, gave a keynote presenteation at the Clean Coal Day Japan 2015 International Symposium in Tokyo. He emphasised emphasises the importance of cleaner coal technologies with particular focus on high-efficiency low-emission (HELE) coal technologies.
Sporton said: “Coal has fuelled the 21st Century so far and remains an important part of the global energy mix. The International Energy Agency predicts that the demand for coal in South-East Asia is going to grow by 4.8% a year through to 2035. We cannot wish coal out of the energy mix. Instead, we should focus on fast-tracking the use of all low-emission technologies, including high efficiency low-emission coal.”
He continued: “Japan is a leader in this area; an approach that should be adopted by other countries and the international community. Japan has consistently pursued the development of HELE technology and is looking to export it around the world. Without international support for cleaner coal technologies, it will be all the more difficult to achieve global climate ambitions. The international community needs to learn from the example of Japan and step-up so the best technology possible is used.”
Many countries around the world and in particular in Asia are looking to coal to fuel their growing economies. That means that it is critical to help them use coal in the cleanest way possible,” Sporton concluded.
Government representatives, energy experts and members of the global community also spoke at the conference on coal policies and the practical applications of cleaner coal technology.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs
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