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ASEAN ministers: Coal technology key to Paris deal success

London   /   Mon, October 30, 2017   /  12:32 pm
ASEAN ministers: Coal technology key to Paris deal success Projections forecast coal to increase its share in power generation from 32 percent in 2014 to 50 percent in 2040. (Shutterstock/File)

At last month’s ASEAN energy ministers’ meeting in Manila, representatives from across the region confirmed that coal and, more specifically, high efficiency coal, is the fuel of choice for Southeast Asia. Projections forecast coal to increase its share in power generation from 32 percent in 2014 to 50 percent in 2040. During the talks the preference for coal among regional economies was explained by two factors: accessibility and affordability. Coal is widely available and therefore promotes power supply. In addition to reliability, high efficiency coal is — and will continue to be — the most affordable option to meet electricity demand growth for many economies, while reducing emissions. Cleaner coal technologies like high efficiency coal reduce or eliminate pollutant emissions, such as CO2, oxides of sulfur, nitrogen and particulate matter. These te...

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