Summary Reports of the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan, Electricity Generation, Workshop on Clean Coal Technology
25 May 2015, Istanbul

The Electricity Generation Task Group organized two workshops this year under the Global Superior Energy Performance Partnership (GSEP) Power Working Group to implement the G20 Energy Efficiency Action Plan. The first workshop focused on clean coal technology, and was held in Istanbul, Turkey on 25 May at the margin of the 2nd ESWG meeting with participation of many G20 members as well as international organizations such as IEA, OECD, OPEC, IPEEC and ADB.

The workshop was chaired by Japan and Australia, also supported by Turkish Presidency, with participation of many G20 members as well as international organizations. The workshop facilitated a better understanding on clean coal technologies, such as High-Efficiency Low Emission (HELE) coal fired power generation, as well as policies and financial instruments to promote clean coal technologies and to strike a right balance of the trilemma of energy security and access, economic development and addressing environmental issues.

Improvements in the energy efficiency of conventional electricity generation technologies, including through the introduction of high-efficiency, low-emission power plants would be a pragmatic measure to reduce CO2 emissions - particularly in a country where fossil fuels will continue to be a major source of power generation. For instance, a one per cent improvement of the efficiency of thermal power generation worldwide would reduce 340 Mt of CO2 which is equivalent to one third of total CO2 emissions of Japan (See Annex (PDF:85KB) ).

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