CAC statement in response to Powering Past Coal Alliance announcement

November 17, 2017

In response to the “Powering Past Coal” alliance led by Canada and the United Kingdom, CAC President Robin Campbell said:
 
“Coal-fired generation is and will continue to be a leading source of electricity around the world for decades to come. According to the IEA’s most recent World Energy Outlook 2017 report, coal will supply over a quarter of the world’s power through to 2040, and play an even larger role in Southeast Asian regions. As such, our position and suggestion is that this alliance should focus on improving and implementing solutions to reduce emissions, such as carbon capture and storage and high efficiency low emission technologies. The issue at hand here is not coal itself, but emissions. Let’s not forget that. If Canada is truly looking to reduce global emissions with this alliance, they need to invest in more projects like the Boundary Dam 3 in Saskatchewan and export this technology around the world. This will have a much larger impact than 15 or so countries, who only count for about 2% of the world’s total coal consumption, pledging to stop using traditional coal power themselves.”
Robin Campbell
President

CAC Statement in response to Government of Alberta coal worker transition announcement

November 10, 2017

“The Coal Association of Canada is pleased that the Government of Alberta is beginning to acknowledge the uncertainties facing coal workers as their industry is shut down. These workers and communities have been waiting for two years for answers, so the release of the panel’s recommendations and the announcement of the Coal Workforce Transition Fund is a step in the right direction. However, we are concerned that focusing all efforts on transitioning workers out of the industry could result in an under-supplied coal workforce and have potential negative impacts on the production and delivery of coal as a fuel source for generation. We encourage the Government of Alberta to work directly with coal mining companies, as they have with the utility companies, to ensure stable production during the transition to natural gas and renewables over the next decade. The Coal Association of Canada is looking forward to hearing more details on this and the implementation of the panel’s other recommendations.”

-Robin Campbell, President
 Coal Association of Canada

Coal Association of Canada statement on value of carbon capture and storage

November 9, 2017 – Coal Association of Canada statement on value of carbon capture and storage in response to recent media coverage in Saskatchewan:

When considering the future of carbon capture and storage, both locally and globally, it is imperative that we look at the big picture. There is more to consider than the dollars and cents of one project – we must consider the positive potential of the technology on a global scale, the innovation required to get it there, as well as the socioeconomic factors at play.

SaskPower has done a revolutionary job on Boundary Dam 3. This project is used around the world as proof that post-combustion CCS can and does work on a commercial scale and is capable of producing low-emission power generation from an economical, reliable and local fuel source. As with any emerging technology, and especially those applied on such a major scale, initial projects will face certain challenges. These challenges are lessons to be examined, learned from and used to create more efficient and less expensive generation projects.

It is well documented that technical innovation is critical to meet the greenhouse gas reduction targets set out in the Paris Agreement. Coal, oil and natural gas currently provide nearly 80% of the world’s energy and will continue to be used as an essential part of the energy mix for decades to come. Without the scaling-up and further commercialization of technologies like CCS, there will be no way to balance the expected growth of energy needs with regional and global climate demands, according to organizations like the International Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. In fact, the IEA has recently stated that CCS will be needed to cut 14% of the emissions that have to be abated by 2060 in order to meet current targets.

If Canada is serious about being a climate leader and leading by example, there needs to be a major push for research & development and policies in favor of CCS. The application and advancement of this technology is gaining traction and attention around the world, and Saskatchewan and Canada can continue to play an important role moving forward.

 

Robin Campbell
President

Coal Association of Canada