Revisiting the Role of Coal: Competitiveness, Climate and Security
While the robust development of shale gas and the proposed regulation on greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants challenge the viability coal in the United States, the forecast for coal demand remains strong for developing parts of the world for decades to come as economic development continues to drive their energy and electricity demand.
Simultaneously, the worldwide momentum to address climate change and the continued growth in coal consumption—primarily outside the United States—make the development and deployment of cleaner energy technology pressing. In this context, the CSIS Energy and National Security Program hosted an event examining the key factors that affect coal usage in major economies as well as the current state of clean coal technology deployment.
Over the course of the conference, speakers examined coal from economic competitiveness, development, energy security and climate perspectives, thus providing insights into the future role of coal.
John J. Hamre, President, CEO and the Pritzker Chair, CSIS
Keynote Speech: The Role of Coal in an All of the Above Energy Strategy
Moderated by: Sarah O. Ladislaw, Director and Senior Fellow, CSIS Energy and National Security Program
Julio Friedmann, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Clean Coal, Office of Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy
Session 1: The Competitiveness of Coal
Moderated by: Charles Ebinger, Senior Fellow, Energy Security Initiative, Brookings Institution
Laszlo Varro, Head of the Gas, Coal and Electricity Markets Division, IEA
Shoichi Itoh, Senior Analyst & Manager, Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ)
Samuel Tumiwa, Deputy Representative, North American Representative Office of the Asia Development Bank
Session 2: Revisiting Coal in the Climate Change Debate
Moderated by: Jane Nakano, Senior Fellow, CSIS Energy and National Security Program
Hiroyuki Hatada, Chief Representative of the Washington Office, New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization of Japan
Bob Perciasepe, President, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Ben Yamagata, Partner, Van Ness Feldman
This conference was made possible by the generous support of Hitachi LTD, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.