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WCA calls for coal policy parity at COP22

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The World Coal Association (WCA) is calling for support of low-carbon coal technologies at COP22 in Marrakech, where the “rule book” governing the implementation of the Paris Agreement will be established.

“The WCA is attending COP22 to call for policy parity for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and to support countries that have included low-emission coal technology in their national climate plans,” Benjamin Sporton, CEO of the WCA, said in a recent statement.

“In Marrakech, the ‘rule book’ that will be established for the Paris Agreement implementation must support countries to deliver all aspects of their NDCs , including elements on low-emissions coal.”

NDCs – nationally determined contributions – lay out a countries plan for reducing its emissions as part of the Paris Agreement reached at last year’s COP21. The NDCs of 19 countries, producing 44% of the world’s emissions, include a significant role for low-emission coal technology.

“Coal is not the problem; emissions are,” continued Sporton. “In order to reduce emissions and get us on the pathway to achieving the Paris Agreement’s well below 2° target, high-efficiency low-emissions (HELE) and CCS technologies must be encouraged.”

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