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About Us



Coal produces around 40% of the world's power and so underpins much of global economic activity. Many major economies are dependent on coal. Coal has various advantages - there are diverse sources of supply and it is less susceptible to price volatility than oil or gas. Thus, coal can play an important  role in energy security.

Established in 1975, the IEA Clean Coal Centre (www.iea-coal.org) is a major provider of impartial information, analysis and research on all aspects of coal. A team of experienced professionals gather, analyse and distribute information and knowledge on the efficient and clean use of coal.

The Centre publishes technical reports and reviews, facilitates R&D, assists in the provision of networks, organises workshops and conferences and builds and maintains a number of databases. We are also available to provide expert advice for our members on any aspect of the coal chain.

There is no political or commercial influence on the research and information provided - the IEA Clean Coal Centre is a non-profit organisation funded primarily by member subscriptions. Located in London we employ approximately 20 staff, largely made up of engineers, scientists and information specialists.

The IEA Clean Coal Centre is governed by representatives of member countries (Australia, Austria, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Poland, South Africa, the UK and the USA), the European Commission, and industrial sponsors (Australian Coal Industry Consortium; Banpu, Thailand; Beijing Research Institute of Coal Chemistry, China; BHEL, India; Coal Association of New Zealand; Eskom & Anglo Coal, South Africa; SUEK, Russia).

The IEA http://www.iea.org/ was established in 1974 within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A basic aim of the IEA is to foster co-operation among the twenty-four IEA participating countries in order to increase energy security through diversification of energy supply, cleaner and more efficient use of energy, and energy conservation. This is achieved, in part, through a programme of collaborative research and development of which IEA Clean Coal Centre is by far the largest and the longest established single project.

 

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