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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 nearly 80% of world coal production and just over 80% of world coal consumption. Members are drawn from major coal producers, electricity producers, other coal consuming industries and coal related organisations. Mr. Greg Boyce, Executive Chairman, Peabody Energy Co. Inc. is the CIAB Chairman and is supported by an Executive Committee.

Members meet annually and their Associates actively progress the CIAB work programme throughout the year. The CIAB is supporting the IEA in delivering coal aspects of its work to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy.

The CIAB provides a wide range of advice to the IEA, including through its workshop proceedings, publications and papers. Recent publications have included: "The Impact of Global Coal Supply on Worldwide Electricity Prices", which explores this impact in several regions of the world; "21st Century Coal: Advanced Technology and Global Energy Solution" which focuses on the technology path to achieve near-zero emissions; "The Global Value of Coal", which highlights the past and potential future benefits of global coal use; and "Power Generation from Coal: Measuring and Reporting Efficiency Performance and CO2 Emissions", which is an aid to assessing information on the energy efficiency of coal-fired power generation.

The coal industry is a key stakeholder in the UNFCCC process and the CIAB recently provided recommendations to the IEA, based on the findings from recent CIAB reports. In its advisory role, the CIAB encourages the IEA to explain to UNFCCC negotiators the indispensable role of advanced coal technologies in fulfilling the aspirations for COP21. Members of the CIAB also believe that an effective and sustainable approach to meeting greenhouse gas emissions objectives must integrate the equally critical aims of energy security and economic development.

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 annual CIAB Plenary meeting discussions cover the following topics:

  • "European Energy Security", "The Future of Coal in the Developing World", and "Advanced Coal Technology: Recent Progress and the Road Ahead"
    (Plenary meeting discussion sessions, 2014)
  • "Multilateral Development Bank Financing of Advanced Coal Generation Projects " and "Advanced Coal Generation and CCS Technology Update"
    (Plenary meeting discussion sessions, 2013)
  • "An Inconvenient Reality – the continuing role of coal to 2050 in the energy mix and the need for low emission coal technology", "21st Century Coal: Advance Technology and Global Energy Solution" and "A Way Forward"
    (Plenary meeting discussion sessions, 2012)

The CIAB works closely with Carlos Fernández Alvarez at the IEA Secretariat and is supported by an Executive Co-ordinator, Ms. Maggi Rademacher, who can supply further information on the CIAB.


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