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Message from JCOAL on the occasion of World Environment Day, 5 June 2019

● The global community will celebrate the 47th World Environment Day since its establishment in 1972, with a theme of Air Pollution. JCOAL, as the one and only organization in Japan that has been enthusiastically engaging in a wide range of activities for air pollution control at coal-fired power plants, is pleased to participate in the memorable celebration with the people of the world.

● The 17 SDGs (SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS) were adopted by all of the United Nations Member States in 2015. The SDGs will guide global development until 2030. Now, companies are following the SDGs as well by launching a wide array of initiatives.

● Goal 7 of the SDGs, i.e. "Affordable and Clean Energy" aims to "Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy for all". And its target, 7a, is "By 2030, enhance international cooperation to facilitate access to clean energy research and technology, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced and cleaner fossil-fuel technology, and promote investment in energy infrastructure and clean energy technology".

eng.jpg● Coal is widely distributed and globally available at relatively cheap and stable prices. Coal plays a vital role in meeting global energy needs and is critical to infrastructure development. While its demand is high mainly in growing economies, Japan too regards coal as one of the pillars in its generation mix, in which coal accounts for approx. 30%. In the context of air pollution, we are pleased that Japan has been always a forerunner in developing Clean Coal Technology (CCT), the technologies for environmentally friendly utilization of coal. We would like to share with you that Japanese CCTs that mitigate pollutants such as SOx, NOx, and dust have been well established and utilized thanks to years of efforts in R&D and actual application.

● In the meantime, JCOAL is actively promoting carbon recycling and carbon dioxide capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) under which CO2 is captured and utilized as a useful resource, which is to serve the global endeavor of reducing CO2.

● Many of the coal-using growing economies are planning to add more power capacity for the sake of universal access to electricity as well as further and steady economic development. To support governments in ensuring clean air for all people while using coal for growth and prosperity, we have been working in close collaboration with our worldwide partners through CCT seminars, workshops, forums, etc. in 25 countries.

We will make our utmost effort toward realizing universal access to reliable electricity at affordable prices--without sacrificing air quality.

Japan Coal Energy Center (JCOAL)


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