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GL OBAL NEWS
Movers & Shakers
Arch Coal announced that John Eaves,
President and CEO, has been elected
to the position of Chairman of the
Board and CEO following a planned
succession process, replacing Wesley
Taylor. In addition, Paul Hanrahan was
named as the company's Lead Independent Director.
Consol Energy announced that James Brock, previously
COO of Consol's coal division, will lead CNX Coal Resources,
a new master limited partnership.
The International Energy Agency has named Paul Simons as
its next Deputy Executive Director. Mr. Simons has served as
a U.S. diplomat.
Orica announced that Alberto Calderon has been appointed
as the Interim Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, replacing Ian Smith, who held the position for four
China has announced plans to urbanize large tracts of land
near the Yangtze River, which would host several energy
and transportation projects.
China's National Energy Administration recently released
the Action Plan on Clean and Efficient Utilization of Coal
Resources (2015-2020). The main targets of the plan are
that the average coal intensity for new coal-fired power
plants should be less than 300 g of standard coal per kWh;
more than 70% of coal should be washed; industrial-scale
modern coal-to-chemicals demonstrations should be completed; and the average efficiency of coal-fired boilers
should be increased by 5% compared to 2013. Further target have been set for 2020 and beyond.
The German Coal Importers Association (VDKi) has
announced that hard-coal imports were at a record high of
56.2 million tonnes in 2014, an increase of 6.2% compared
to the previous year.
India's Power and Coal
Minister, Piyush Goyal,
announced that India and
Japan will be collaborating
on clean coal technology
development and deployment.
India's government announced that it would sell more of
its stake in Coal India in the future. In addition, the government is continuing to sell coal blocks whose previous
allocation was cancelled by the Supreme Court. After this
third tranche, 45 of the total 214 blocks will have been sold.
The U.S. Department of Energy announced that the Regional
Carbon Sequestration Partnership has reached a milestone:
Under the program, 10 million tons of CO2 have been successfully stored.
As this issue went to press, nine out of 37 parties had submitted their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions
(INDCs) in advance of COP21. The largest emitters to submit
their INDCs are the EU (including Latvia), Russia, and the
From The WCA
On 1 June 2015, WCA held a workshop entitled "Building Pathways for Cleaner Coal Technologies" in London,
England. The purpose of the meeting was summarized
by the WCA Acting CEO, Benjamin Sporton, "Cleaner coal
technologies can be seen on a continuum. Deployment of
high-efficiency, low-emission (HELE) coal fired power generation now can lead to significant CO2 mitigation benefits.
HELE is a key first step to deployment of carbon capture,
use, and storage technology that will be essential for all fossil fuels if global climate ambitions are to be met."
The workshop included speakers from around the world
sharing their experience with the demonstration of carbon capture, use, and storage and the deployment of other
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Cornerstone - Summer 2015
From the Editor: Urban Centers as Vehicles for Societal Development
Cover Story: Urbanization, City Growth, and the New United Nations Development Agenda
The High Cost of Divestment
South Africa’s Road to Growth is Paved with Coal
Driving India’s Next Wave of Urbanization
Transitioning Urbanization, Energy, and Economic Growth in China
ASEAN Urbanization and the Growing Role of Coal
Urbanization, Steel Demand, and Raw Materials
The Rise and Potential Peak of Cement Demand in the Urbanized World
Cogeneration Plants Close to Town Get the Most Out of Coal in Germany
Shenhua Guohua’s Application of Near-zero Emissions Technologies for Coal-fired Power Plants
Ashworth Gasifier-Combustor for Emissions Control From Coal-Fired Power Plants
Underground Coal Gasification: An Overview of an Emerging Coal Conversion Technology
Carbon Energy Delivers Innovations in Underground Coal Gasification
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