Although inexpensive and supply is secure in the long‐term (proven global coal reserves in 2013 were sufficient to meet 113 years of global production), coal is viewed controversially due to high CO2 emis‐ sions produced.
However, due to rising global energy demand, coal is still an important player in to‐ day’s global energy mix. Technologies that allow for carbon capture and storage (CCS) and carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) are key for achieving climate goals while meeting energy demand.
Globally, 22 large‐scale CCS projects are currently in operation or being constructed ‐ twice as many as a decade ago. What is the future of coal? Will new technologies such as CCS and CCUS make coal a clean energy source?
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