The IEA Clean Coal Centre 40th anniversary Executive Committee meeting was held in Windsor, England, on 23 October 2015.
Founded in 1975, the Clean Coal Centre is a leading international organisation that gathers information, conducts objective research and advises on clean and efficient use coal use. The centre is funded by member countries of the organisation, as well as industrial companies. The centre’s research and conclusions are entirely impartial. SUEK is the only Russian participant within the Clean Coal Centre.
During the anniversary meeting in England, members of the organisation from all over the world shared their experiences. In particular, delegates from the US, China, Germany, Japan and India focused on the implementation of clean coal initiatives in the mining, processing and use of coal as well as in power generation projects.
In his address to the members of the Executive Committee, SUEK CEO Vladimir Rashevsky said: “Coal Centre actively finds, creates and summarizes all that is most important and necessary when it comes to matters of the environmentally friendly production, processing and utilisation of coal. Today, coal is the most important source of energy in the world and will remain so for many years to come. It is no secret that the perception of coal as a ‘dirty fuel’ still lives on. We have an important task ahead of us — to provide objective information to demonstrate the great potential of coal, and its prospects as a clean fuel”.
According to the SUEK Chairman Andrei Melnichenko, coal, the most widely used and cheapest fuel, “will continue to play a key role in the energy balance of humankind.” At the same time, technologies are actively being developed to minimise the adverse impact of coal production and use on the environment, and the Russian coal industry is an active participant in this process.
Mr Melnichenko stressed the fact that modern coal plants are a third more efficient than those built earlier. Consequently, by replacing older coal-fired stations, carbon dioxide emissions can be dramatically reduced.
He added that in Russia “setting the development of cogeneration (combined production of heat and power) as a key objective has been long overdue. For example, the energy conversion efficiency from burning coal at a station running in cogeneration mode reaches 70 to 80% as opposed to the average energy conversion efficiency for conversion into electricity, which is about 30 to 35%.”
Currently the coal industry lessens its’ impact on the environment by using modern production technologies and supporting land reclamation. There is a clear commitment to reduce emissions from coal power plants. This can be achieved by improving the efficiency of power units, thereby lowering coal consumption and as a result reducing emission volume.
There are also technologies being developed for complete abatement of emissions at modern stations, as well as the capture and underground storage of carbon dioxide, thereby providing near-zero greenhouse gas emissions.
More information is available on the IEA Clean Coal Centre web site: www.iea-coal.org.uk