About the Coal Industry Advisory Board
The Coal Industry Advisory Board (CIAB) is a group of high level
executives from coal-related industrial enterprises, established
by the International Energy Agency (IEA) in July 1979 to provide
advice to the IEA on a wide range of issues relating to coal.
Currently, CIAB Members are drawn from 18 countries accounting for over 85%
of world coal production. Members also represent major electricity
producers, together with other coal consuming industries and coal
related organisations. Mr. Gregory H. Boyce, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Peabody Energy Co. Inc. is the CIAB Chairman and is supported by an Executive
Members meet annually and their Associates actively
progress the CIAB work programme throughout the year. The CIAB
is supporting the IEA in delivering its responses on climate change, clean energy and sustainable
development, as well as advising on issues for coal relevant to world
The CIAB provides a wide range of advice to the IEA, including
through its workshop
proceedings, publications and papers. In its role as adviser to the IEA the CIAB has provided a statement on "The Role of Coal in the Post 2012 Greenhouse Gas Reduction Agreement", outlining the key elements that it believes governments must include in the new agreement if it is to successfully enable the world’s use of coal to be compatible with greenhouse gas reduction objectives. In 2010, the CIAB also produced a report "Power Generation from Coal: Measuring and Reporting Efficiency Performance and CO2 Emissions" as an aid to assessing information on the energy efficiency of coal-fired power generation. Its latest publications are "The Global Value of Coal", which highlights the past and potential future benefits of global coal use and "21st Century Coal: Advanced Technology and Global Energy Solution"which focusses on the tecnology path to achieve near-zero emissions.
The CIAB also summarises recent coal policy developments,
together with its policy advice to the IEA, in an annual ”International
Coal Policy Developments” report.
The proceedings of recent CIAB annual Plenary meeting discussions cover the following topics:
- "Climate Change Targets and Technology Developments", "Developments in Major Regional Coal Markets" and "Public Policy Developments and Coal Investment"
(Plenary meeting discussion sessions, 2011)
- "Global Value of Coal: a study of coal’s socio-economic value", "Coal’s Role in a Diversified Energy Future", "Low emission Energy Technologies for a Low Carbon Future" and "IEA World Energy Outlook 2010"
(Plenary meeting discussion sessions, 2010)
The CIAB works closely with Carlos Fernández Alvarez at the IEA Secretariat and is supported by an
Executive Co-ordinator, Mr. Brian Heath, who can supply further information on the CIAB.