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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 13 countries accounting for just under 80% of world coal production and coal consumption. Members are drawn from major coal producers, electricity producers, other coal consuming industries and coal related organisations. Mr. Peter Freyberg, Head of Coal Assets, Glencore, 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. Continuing the work on CCUS done in 2016 and 2017, the CIAB has focused its 2018 research on CCUS on the potential application of this key technology to Chinese coal power plants. This work can be found in "Reducing China’s Coal Power Emissions with CCUS Retrofits". The CIAB has submitted industry recommendations to the IEA to encourage the deployment of CCS technology across the globe based on lessons learned in Australia, China, the United Kingdom and the United States. This work can be found under, "An International Commitment to CCS: Recommendations to Expediate CCS Deployment and Development." This builds upon the 2016 CIAB work entitled, An International Commitment to CCS: Policies and Incentives to Enable a Low-Carbon Energy Future, a set of policy recommendations at the global and regional level which provide an initial framework to support the deployment of CCS necessary to meet targets set in the Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2016, CIAB also put together a study undertaken is research entitled, The role of coal for energy security in world regions. The role of coal in each respective economy and its contribution to energy security is investigated and compared between the regions and countries.

Other recent publications have included: "The Socio-economic Impacts of Advanced Technology Coal-Fuelled Power Stations", which assesses the impact on the economy of three modern coal power plants in India, China and Germany, "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:

The CIAB works closely with Carlos Fernández Alvarez at the IEA Secretariat, who can supply further information on the CIAB.