Australian Coal Association website launched

Friday, 14 November, 2008

The Australian Coal Association’s interactive website is supported by “key web 2.0 technologies” allowing complex issues to be presented in an engaging and informative fashion.

NSW Minerals Council CEO Dr Nikki Williams, an ACA board member, urged Australians to familiarise themselves with the technologies which would be key to fighting climate change in Australia and around the world.

“Extensive research has shown that there is a major knowledge gap about coal and low-emission coal technologies,” said Williams.

”There is also confusion about just how much of the world’s future energy needs can be met by advanced renewables.

“Renewables will most certainly play a significant role in meeting the energy demand of the future, as part of a suite of responses to climate change,” said Williams.

“Yet there is widespread consensus worldwide that coal will continue to supply the majority of the world's energy needs to 2050 and beyond. Technologies designed to reduce the emissions from burning coal are therefore a vital component of the global response to climate change.”

A feature of the website is information about low-emission coal technologies and on-site interviews with scientists and engineers who are developing these technologies in Australia. The main technology is carbon capture and storage (CCS). CCS essentially involves capturing the carbon emissions as they are released and storing them deep underground. There are several different types of CCS technologies, all of which are being developed in Australia.

While this website is an initiative of the coal industry, every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is factual, peer reviewed and inclusive of the full suite of energy solutions, including advanced renewables.


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