Video On Demand

Revisiting the Role of Coal: Competitiveness, Climate and Security

December 17, 2014 • 1:30 – 6:30 pm EST

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.

Welcome Remarks
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.

John J. Hamre
CSIS President and CEO, and Langone Chair in American Leadership
Sarah Ladislaw

Sarah Ladislaw

Former Senior Associate (Non-resident), Energy Security and Climate Change Program
Jane Nakano
Senior Fellow, Energy Security and Climate Change Program