Milton Catelin, Chief Executive of the WCA, criticised the decision by the US university, stating: "The WCA supports action on climate change; however,
"Banning investments in coal, when coal is critical to addressing global energy poverty and when significant investments are being made to promote a sustainable future for coal, may have serious consequences, especially for developing countries in desperate need of energy."
"Given this growth, it is important for us to treat energy poverty, economic development and global climate objectives as integrated priorities - and there are coal technologies, including high-efficiency low emissions coal technologies and, in the long run, carbon capture use and storage that can provide a pathway to meeting these challenges," Mr Catelin stated.
Increasing the average efficiency rate of all coal-fired power stations globally to modern efficiency standards of 45% would cut global CO2 emissions by 2.4 Gt annually. This is the equivalent of
"Coal remains the cornerstone of energy systems for many countries worldwide, particularly in developing countries where coal is fuelling economic development and alleviating energy poverty. Coal provides more affordable energy than any other fuel to developed and developing nations alike. Symbolic gestures will not help us meet the global challenges we face - energy access, energy security, affordability of energy and reducing emissions all require us to work together," Mr Catelin stated.
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