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Global Platform for
Accelerating Coal Efﬁciency
By Benjamin Sporton
Acting Chief Executive, World Coal Association
he World Coal Association (WCA) recently published
a concept paper on establishing a global Platform for
Accelerating Coal Efficiency (PACE). The vision of PACE
would be that, for countries choosing to use coal, the most efficient power plant technology possible is deployed. Its overriding
objective would be to raise the global average efficiency of coalfired power plants and therefore minimize the CO2 emissions
that would otherwise be emitted, while maintaining legitimate
economic development and poverty alleviation efforts.
BACKGROUND TO PACE
A number of key points have shaped the development of the
* In the lead-up to COP21 in Paris in December, no evidence
has emerged to suggest that mitigation action arising from
any climate treaty will come close to achieving emissions
reductions necessary to limit the atmospheric concentration of CO2 to 450 ppm.
* As developing and developed economies grow and urban-
ization increases, demand is growing for affordable,
reliable, and secure forms of energy in order to combat
energy poverty and ensure competitive economies.
Thus coal remains the world's fastest growing fossil fuel.
Its current contribution to global primary energy consumption (30.1%) is its highest since 1970. In Southeast
Asia alone, demand is expected to grow by 4.8% annually
through 2035 as the region turns to coal to fuel its growing
There appears to be no concerted international government action to integrate the global priorities of reducing
energy poverty and supporting economic competitiveness
through affordable energy with global ambitions on climate change.
Moving the current average global efficiency rate of coal-fired
power plants from 33% to 40% by deploying more advanced
off-the-shelf technology could cut two gigatonnes of CO2
emissions each year, while allowing affordable energy for
economic development and poverty reduction.A
Deploying high-efficiency, low-emissions (HELE) coal-fired
power plants is a key first step along a pathway to nearzero emissions from coal with carbon capture, utilization,
and storage (CCUS).
"Moving the current average global
efﬁciency rate of coal-ﬁred power
plants from 33% to 40% by deploying
more advanced off-the-shelf
technology could cut two gigatonnes
of CO2 emissions each year..."
The WCA welcomes engagement on the PACE concept.
Given these factors, the WCA has proposed PACE, which would
coordinate global action to support developing and emerging
economies already choosing to use coal to do so with the
lowest possible emissions profile.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Spring 2015
From the Editor: Full Steam Ahead to Improved Efficiency
Cover Story: Upgrading the Efficiency of the
World’s Coal Fleet to Reduce CO2
Shenhua’s Evolution From Coal
Producer to Clean Energy Supplier
Global Platform for Accelerating Coal Efficiency
Breaking Through the Safety Plateau:
An Exclusive Interview With Bruce Watzman
What is on the Cards for the Coal Industry in 2015?
Navigating India’s Coal Maze
Conceptualizing a Revolution in China’s Coal Utilization:
An Exclusive Interview With Cen Kefa
Setting the Benchmark: The World’s
Most Efficient Coal-Fired Power Plants
China Brings Online the World’s First
600-MW Supercritical CFB Boiler
Challenging Efficiency Limitations for Coal-Fired Power Plants
Improving the Efficiency of Power Plants Firing High-Moisture Coal
Helping to Seed a CCS Industry: The White Rose CCS Project
Update on the 50-MWe Theunissen
Underground Coal Gasification Project
Cornerstone - Spring 2015