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WCA appoints new CEO

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The World Coal Association (WCA) has announced the appointment of Michelle Manook as its new Chief Executive.

WCA appoints new CEO

Manook has over 25 years’ experience in the energy and mining industry covering Australia and, most recently, emerging markets. With an international track record managing corporate affairs, investor relations and business strategy within the oil and gas, metals and infrastructure industries, Manook joins the WCA from Orica, a global leader in mining services, where she was Head of Strategy, Government and Communications for Europe, Asia and Africa.

Glenn Kellow, WCA Chairman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Peabody, welcomed Manook’s appointment, stating: “Michelle’s appointment is an important step in bringing new focus and strategic direction to the WCA. While Michelle is new to the coal industry, she has extensive experience across the energy and mining sectors, and her fresh insights will be essential in guiding WCA and its members to meet both the challenges and opportunities we face. I’m confident that Michelle will foster international collaboration and be a fantastic advocate for the world’s largest energy source for electricity and a key ingredient for steelmaking, while promoting technologies that drive for continuous improvement in global emissions.”

Speaking at the 18 July announcement in Beijing, Manook commented: “I firmly believe that any credible energy and climate policy must focus on energy diversity and the use of all low emission technologies. Choosing the Sanhe power plant as the location for my announcement is no coincidence. As the first near zero non-CO2 emissions coal-fired power plant in Beijing, Sanhe is a great example of the opportunities that low emission coal technologies can provide.”

Manook plans to engage with emerging market governments and investors to advocate for energy policies that support all low emission technologies in meeting international climate targets.

She stated: “As the most widely available fossil fuel resource, coal is the backbone of world’s electricity supply and plays a significant role in sustainable development through its use in industrial processes, such as steel and cement production, creating vital materials that support growth. With sufficient investment, coal has a crucial role in the world’s transition to cleaner energy. We have to work together to move coal consumption towards low emission technologies, to power prosperity and drive value generation for those that need it most. Meeting the Paris climate targets will take cooperation and collaboration. I’m looking forward to heading up an organisation that is committed to playing a constructive and progressive role in meeting the world’s challenges, now and into the future.”

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