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The IEA in Paris produces a number of reports that are relevant to the work of the IEA Clean Coal Centre. Recent puplications of the IEA that are of interest are listed on this page, with links to the IEA site.

20 years of carbon capture and storage, November 2016
On 15 November 2016 the IEA launched a new report entitled “20 years of Carbon Capture and Storage”. Kamel Ben Naceur launched the report in his keynote talk at the GHGT-13 conference in Lausanne.The report starts by reviewing progress in the past 20 years of CCS, since the start of the first project, Sleipner, in Norway. The report then discusses the role of CCS in our current climate-friendly scenarios and also in a world going towards “well below 2 degrees”. The third section offers food for thought as to how to drive CCS forward. 

World Energy Outlook Special Report 2016: Energy and Air Pollution, June 2016, (contributed to by IEA CCC author Hermine Nalbandian Sugden)
- Around 6.5 million premature deaths each year can be attributed to air pollution
- Energy production and use are by far the largest man-made sources of air pollutants
- Technologies to tackle air pollution are well known.
Clean air is vital for good health. Yet despite growing recognition of this imperative, the problem of air pollution is far from solved in many countries, and the global health impacts risk intensifying in the decades to come.
The scale of the public health crisis caused by air pollution and the importance of the energy sector to its resolution are the reasons why the IEA is focusing on this critical topic for the first time.Based on new data for pollutant emissions in 2015 and projections to 2040, this special report, the latest in the World Energy Outlook series, provides a global outlook for energy and air pollution as well as detailed profiles of key countries and regions: the United States, Mexico, the European Union, China, India, Southeast Asia and Africa.In a Clean Air Scenario, the report proposes a pragmatic and attainable strategy to reconcile the world’s energy requirements with its need for cleaner air. Alongside the multiple benefits to human health, this strategy shows that resolving the world’s air pollution problem can go hand-in-hand with progress towards other environmental and development goals.


Technology Collaboration Programmes: Highlights and outcomes 26 May 2016.
The global transition to cleaner energy is going to require teamwork on a scale the world has never seen. This argues for strong, resource-efficient, and result-orientated multilateral co operation.  The breadth of the analytical expertise in the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs) – on both energy technologies and markets – and their coverage of all fuel sources, including energy efficiency, are unique assets in promoting such co-operation. The TCPs underpin the efforts of the IEA to provide support across the full spectrum of international low-carbon energy partnerships and initiatives, ranging from high-level policy fora such as the Clean Energy Ministerial, to activities under the bodies of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Partner Country Series - Emissions Reduction through Upgrade of Coal-Fired Power Plants, the Chinese experience by Keith Burnard and others, 2014
The IEA carried out a project to examine the potential to improve the performance of existing coal-fired plants. Two power units in China were selected to showcase measures that would improve their net efficiency. The results built on the efficiency gains made under China’s national energy efficiency improvement programme and demonstrated the enormous potential to improve performance, with each percentage point increase capable of reducing CO2 emissions by many millions of tonnes over a unit’s operational lifetime. Experiences learned in China can be applied to improving coal-fired power plant efficiency worldwide. Download report
Facing China’s Coal Future - Prospects and Challenges for Carbon Capture and Storage, by Dennis Best and Ellina Levina, IEA 2012
This paper discusses the status of CCS in China, providing updates on past activities in R&D and on current projects, and an overview of potential and challenges for CCS development in China. Available here.

Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2012 -- Market Trends and Projections to 2017
The Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2012 provides IEA forecasts on coal markets for the coming five years as well as an in-depth analysis of recent developments in global coal demand, supply and trade. The report is available for purchase from the IEA bookshop.

Technology Roadmap: high-efficiency, low emissions coal-fired power generation
The High-Efficiency, Low-Emissions Coal-Fired Power Generation Roadmap describes the steps necessary to adopt and further develop technologies to improve the efficiency of the global fleet of coal. To generate the same amount of electricity, a more efficient coal-fired unit will burn less fuel, emit less carbon, release less local air pollutants, consume less water and have a smaller footprint. High-efficiency, low emissions (HELE) technologies in operation already reach a thermal efficiency of 45%, and technologies in development promise even higher values. A successful outcome to ongoing RD&D could see units with efficiencies approaching 50% or even higher demonstrated within the next decade. Generation from older, less efficient technology must gradually be phased out. Technologies exist to make coal-fired power generation much more effective and cleaner burning. Combined with CCS, HELE technologies can cut CO2 emissions from coal-fired power generation plants by as much as 90%, to less than 100 grams per kilowatt-hour. HELE technologies will be an influential factor in the deployment of CCS. For the same power output, a higher efficiency coal plant will require less CO2 to be captured; this means a smaller, less costly capture plant; lower operating costs; and less CO2 to be transported and stored. The report beneifts from considerable input from the IEA Clean Coal Centre and is available for download.Dec 2012 Report  

Tracking Progress in Carbon Capture and Storage 
At the second Clean Energy Ministerial in Abu Dhabi, April 2011 (CEM 2), the Carbon Capture, Use and Storage Action Group (CCUS AG) presented seven substantive recommendations to Energy Ministers on concrete, near-term actions to accelerate global carbon capture and storage (CCS) deployment. Twelve CCUS AG governments agreed to advance progress against the 2011 recommendations by the third Clean Energy Ministerial (London, 25-26 April 2012) (CEM 3). Following CEM 2, the CCUS AG requested the IEA and the Global CCS Institute to report on progress made against the 2011 recommendations at CEM 3. Tracking Progress in Carbon Capture and Storage: International Energy Agency/Global CCS Institute report to the third Clean Energy Ministerial responds to that request. The report considers a number of key questions.  2012, 19 pages Tracking Progress in Carbon Capture and Storage

A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage
This report serves as a guide to policy makers to support the development of national and international policy on carbon capture and storage (CCS), both conventional fossil fuel CCS and bioenergy with CCS (BECCS). The report argues that policy support is particularly important for CCS because, compared to other low-carbon technologies, it generates no revenue or market benefits as long as there is no price on CO2 emissions. To that effect, the report outlines suggestions for both an overall policy framework and specific policy instruments. January 2012 A Policy Strategy for Carbon Capture and Storage




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