The Future of Clean Coal?

Event podcast: Since the beginning of the industrial revolution coal has played a central role in building the world as we know it today. For Australia, coal has been a dominant energy source and a major export commodity. Yet in a world committed to global decarbonisation, as represented by the Paris Climate Agreement, coal will have a future only if its emissions are dramatically reduced. However, the case for “clean coal” may be hard to make in a world where alternatives are becoming increasingly cheaper and the cost of new coal plants or refurbishing old ones remains very high. In our first Future Energy forum of 2017, our Panel to explored whether clean coal is a crucial step in the transition towards a net zero emissions economy or an expensive and retrograde step that will be almost impossible to finance.

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