As the Paris Agreement is formalised and NDCs are standardised, it is a fair to assume that other countries will look to HELE coal technologies as part of their emissions reductions plans.
High efficiency, low emission (HELE) technologies with rates of efficiency of around 40 precent are available “off-the-shelf”. Currently, they are being installed and used in many countries where they have proved to provide efficiency gains and are financially viable. Raising the average global efficiency of coal plants from 33 percent to 40 percent with the off-the-shelf technology that is available today would save 2 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions. This is equivalent of running the Kyoto Protocol three times over.
Recognising this, the World Coal Association (WCA) commissioned external analysis to demonstrate how HELE technology can play a constructive role as governments seek to limit greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. This paper provides a high-level summary of the outcomes of this analysis.