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Coal - The Future
The global energy system faces many challenges in this century.
Coal will continue to play a vital role in electricity generation worldwide – while it currently supplies 40% of the world’s electricity, this figure will only drop one percentage point over the next three decades.
 
Coal loadout and coal train at Solid Energy's Ngakawau facility.Coal from the Stockton Mine high on the plateau of the Buller coalfield is transported by large off road mining trucks and an aerial ropeway to Ngakawau. From here it is railed to Christchurch and exported by ship to Asia for use in steel mills.
To improve global living standards and enable sustainable economic and social development for rich and poor countries alike.
   
To provide cleaner more efficient energy, reducing pollution, and increasing the emphasis on environmental sustainability.
   
To continue to supply secure and affordable energy in the face of growing demand.
Coal - The FutureElectricity generation is a major contributor to economic and social development.

Coal will continue to play a vital role in electricity generation worldwide – while it currently supplies 40% of the world’s electricity, this figure will only drop one percentage point over the next three decades.

With the availability of abundant, affordable and geographically disperse reserves, coal is able to provide secure and reliable supplies of affordable energy worldwide.

Clean coal technologies have already achieved major advances in environmental performance, and new technologies are under development towards a 'zero emissions' future.

Technologies are continuously being developed to improve the efficiency of coal, meet environmental challenges, and increase the ways in which coal can be utilised.

The technologies employed and being developed to meet coal's environmental challenges are collectively referred to as clean coal technologies. Different technologies are being developed to suit different coal types, different environmental issues and different levels of economic development.

Coal's technical response to the environmental challenge is ongoing - with three core elements:
Eliminating emissions of pollutants such as particulates, oxides of sulphur and nitrogen
   
Improving combustion technologies to increase efficiency and to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions
   
Reducing carbon dioxide emissions with the development of carbon capture and storage
Through liquefaction and gasification coal can also provide low cost, secure alternatives to oil and natural gas for use in electricity generation, transport and domestically.

Coal can also be used to generate hydrogen for completely clean future energy systems.

The information above has been summarised from the World Coal Institute website www.wci-coal.com

The World Coal Institute website also provides a wide range of information on:
Pollution control technologies
   
Combustion technologies
   
Carbon capture and storage
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