EURACOAL on the Clean Energy Package

The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of proposals is an important step towards a properly functioning internal market for electricity, this being an objective that EURACOAL fully supports. However, the good progress made to date might be jeopardised if capacity mechanisms are subject to an emission performance standard.

  • The proposal is diametrically opposite to the EU’s objective of creating a competitive, technology-neutral, non-discriminatory internal electricity market.
  • It would favour investment in expensive, new gas-fired power stations to replace the existing coal stations that already balance renewables and ensure reliable power.
  • With more expensive, imported gas, electricity supply would become more expensive and less secure.
  • The electricity sector would be subject to a pointless double regulation, without actually reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: the sector’s emissions are already capped by the cost-efficient EU emissions trading system (ETS) to meet politically agreed targets.
  • EU member states would lose their sovereign right to determine their own energy mixes (Art.194 TFEU).

The European Commission’s proposal to deny access to capacity markets by setting an emission performance standard of 550 gCO2/kWh should be rejected.

Read EURACOAL’s position here and refer also to the similar positions of EURELECTRIC, representing power utilities, ENTSO-E, representing transmission system operators, CEER, representing regulators, EFET, representing energy traders, and BusinessEurope.

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EURACOAL on the Clean Energy Package

The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of proposals is an important step towards a properly functioning internal market for electricity, this being an objective that EURACOAL fully supports. However, the good progress made to date might be jeopardised if capacity mechanisms are subject to an emission performance standard.

  • The proposal is diametrically opposite to the EU’s objective of creating a competitive, technology-neutral, non-discriminatory internal electricity market.
  • It would favour investment in expensive, new gas-fired power stations to replace the existing coal stations that already balance renewables and ensure reliable power.
  • With more expensive, imported gas, electricity supply would become more expensive and less secure.
  • The electricity sector would be subject to a pointless double regulation, without actually reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: the sector’s emissions are already capped by the cost-efficient EU emissions trading system (ETS) to meet politically agreed targets.
  • EU member states would lose their sovereign right to determine their own energy mixes (Art.194 TFEU).

The European Commission’s proposal to deny access to capacity markets by setting an emission performance standard of 550 gCO2/kWh should be rejected.

Read EURACOAL’s position here and refer also to the similar positions of EURELECTRIC, representing power utilities, ENTSO-E, representing transmission system operators, CEER, representing regulators, EFET, representing energy traders, and BusinessEurope.

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EURACOAL on the Clean Energy Package

The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of proposals is an important step towards a properly functioning internal market for electricity, this being an objective that EURACOAL fully supports. However, the good progress made to date might be jeopardised if capacity mechanisms are subject to an emission performance standard.

  • The proposal is diametrically opposite to the EU’s objective of creating a competitive, technology-neutral, non-discriminatory internal electricity market.
  • It would favour investment in expensive, new gas-fired power stations to replace the existing coal stations that already balance renewables and ensure reliable power.
  • With more expensive, imported gas, electricity supply would become more expensive and less secure.
  • The electricity sector would be subject to a pointless double regulation, without actually reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: the sector’s emissions are already capped by the cost-efficient EU emissions trading system (ETS) to meet politically agreed targets.
  • EU member states would lose their sovereign right to determine their own energy mixes (Art.194 TFEU).

The European Commission’s proposal to deny access to capacity markets by setting an emission performance standard of 550 gCO2/kWh should be rejected.

Read EURACOAL’s position here and refer also to the similar positions of EURELECTRIC, representing power utilities, ENTSO-E, representing transmission system operators, CEER, representing regulators, EFET, representing energy traders, and BusinessEurope.

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EURACOAL on the Clean Energy Package

The European Commission’s “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package of proposals is an important step towards a properly functioning internal market for electricity, this being an objective that EURACOAL fully supports. However, the good progress made to date might be jeopardised if capacity mechanisms are subject to an emission performance standard.

  • The proposal is diametrically opposite to the EU’s objective of creating a competitive, technology-neutral, non-discriminatory internal electricity market.
  • It would favour investment in expensive, new gas-fired power stations to replace the existing coal stations that already balance renewables and ensure reliable power.
  • With more expensive, imported gas, electricity supply would become more expensive and less secure.
  • The electricity sector would be subject to a pointless double regulation, without actually reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: the sector’s emissions are already capped by the cost-efficient EU emissions trading system (ETS) to meet politically agreed targets.
  • EU member states would lose their sovereign right to determine their own energy mixes (Art.194 TFEU).

The European Commission’s proposal to deny access to capacity markets by setting an emission performance standard of 550 gCO2/kWh should be rejected.

Read EURACOAL’s position here and refer also to the similar positions of EURELECTRIC, representing power utilities, ENTSO-E, representing transmission system operators, CEER, representing regulators, EFET, representing energy traders, and BusinessEurope.

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International Fair of Mining, Power Industry and Metallurgy 2017, Katowice

Prime Minister Beata Szydło, Katowice, 29 August 2017 (© EURACOAL aisbl, 2017)

The Prime Minister of Poland, Ms. Beata Szydło, opened the International Mining Fair with a positive message on coal. In her address, she stated that Poland wants a power sector based on a secure energy mix, with special places for hard coal and lignite. By 2050, Poland plans to diminish its coal dependency to 50% on the assumption that a new nuclear power plant will be built. Vice Minister for Energy, Mr. Grzegorz Tobiszowski, said that with the investments now being made in new equipment, the coal mining sector will be able to make a real contribution to the Polish economy.

Ms. Małgorzata Mańka-Szulik, Mayor of Zabrze (left) with EURACOAL President, Dr. Wolfgang Cieslik (© EURACOAL aisbl, 2017)

EURACOAL President, Dr. Cieslik, spoke at the fair’s press conference on why the modernisation of coal-fired power plants was a more secure and efficient way to meet climate targets than switching to imported gas. Relying on renewables alone was not yet an option, he said. In Germany, after the nuclear phase out and a reduction in coal/lignite generation, there would be a 200 TWh annual shortfall that must be filled.

At a related conference on coal, organised by the Polish Mining Chamber of Commerce and Industry in co-operation with EURACOAL, the main message was on building a COALition of perhaps ten EU Member States that see a role for secure and affordable coal in the “energy transition”. At its core would be those Member States that voted against adoption of the revised LCP BREF conclusions: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia. Greece and Slovenia were also seen as possible allies.

Presentation by EURACOAL Secretary General (click to download)

Prof. Prusek of the Central Mining Institute (GIG) declared a new focus on mining and combustion technologies in order to reduce the environmental impacts of coal use. Alternative uses of coal are also the subject of active research with ongoing projects around Europe in the fields of coal gasification and hydrogenation. EURACOAL itself is working to establish a new network for European clean coal technologists engaged in globally competitive coal research (CoalTech2051).

EURACOAL supports re-industrialisation of Europe

Coal lies at the heart of European manufacturing, providing a stable, secure and competitive fuel for power generation.

But European manufacturing is in decline. Between 2000 and 2014, the share of manufacturing in total EU output fell from 18.8% to 15.3%, while 3.5 million jobs were lost.

For many years, the coal industry has argued that European manufacturers needs competitive electricity prices (e.g. A Strategy for Clean Coal in 2012).

The time has come to sound the alarm.  EURACOAL, together with another 124 associations, has signed a Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy with the aim of growing industry’s share in European Union GDP to 20% by 2020.

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Two major new coal reports launched in Brussels

EURACOAL President, Dr. Wolfgang Cieslik, today launched the 6th edition of Coal Industry across Europe in the presence of Mr. Keisuke Sadamori, Director of Energy Markets and Security at the International Energy Agency.

Coal Industry across Europe is a comprehensive review, analysing all EU member states that use coal and lignite as well as participants in the Energy Community.  With chapters on socio-economic issues and coal trade developments, this new edition also features a series of special insights covering recent coal-sector investments and cutting-edge R&D that has enhanced productivity at coal mines, improved efficiency at coal-fired power plants and limited the negative environmental impacts of coal use.

After the launch, IEA Director Sadamori presented the Agency’s Medium-Term Coal Market Report 2016.  He said that coal demand will plateau over the next five years:  while demand stalls in China, falling demand in the US and the EU will be balanced by rising consumption in India and South East Asia.  Mr. Sadamori explained that the surge in coal prices during 2016 was mainly due to policy action in China to cut coal production capacity and so curb oversupply.

The new EURACOAL publication is freely available here, while the IEA coal market report can be purchased from the IEA bookshop.

Presentations from the event are available here.

Saint Barbara’s Day

On this St. Barbara’s Day, the EURACOAL Secretariat wishes all miners good fortitude. We remember colleagues who will miss the traditional celebrations, including in copper mining. Let the lights shine bright thanks to the heroic work of miners everywhere.

Photo by Wusel007Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Coal industry leaders meet in Lisbon

EURACOAL President, Dr Wolfgang Cieslik of STEAG, gave a keynote address at the 36th Coaltrans World Coal Conference in Lisbon on Monday, 17 October 2016.

The conference brought together over 300 coal industry leaders from around the world, including producers, consumers, traders and government officials.

In his presentation, which was followed by an on-stage interview, Dr Cieslik observed that current regulations have killed the European electricity market. He called for policy stability to re-establish trust in the market.

Dr Cieslik expressed confidence in coal, noting that it will remain his company’s main business over the coming years. Without conventional thermal power generation, it would be impossible to ensure reliable power supply in Germany and elsewhere, he concluded.

12th Coal Dialogue report published

Chaired by Klaus-Dieter Borchardt, Director – Internal Energy Market at DG Energy, and EURACOAL Vice President, Vladimír Budinský, the 12th EC-EURACOAL Coal Dialogue examined the future role of coal after the recent round of climate negotiations in Paris.  Speakers included MEP Claude Turmes (Greens/EFA, LU) and Mr. Dumitru Fornea, a member of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

Coal represents one quarter of EU electricity demand, mostly from indigenous coal, and supports 300 000 direct jobs.  While MEP Turmes argued that there was no room for coal in the future EU energy mix, all agreed that the EU needs a response to the difficult question of coal in the “energy transition”.

To read the full report and presentation please follow this link.

The World Coal Leaders Network gathers in Portugal

The well-known Coaltrans event gathers over 500 industry innovators and thought leaders for three days of constructive discussion, bringing key macro trends and pricing overviews, lots of one-to-one meetings and deal making, technical content, provocative interactive debates and workshops, and keynote industry interviews.

Some of the topics for this year are:

  • Oil, gas, carbon, coal: a perfect storm of risks for coal, but how much demand is at risk?
  • Snapshot price forecasts: five-year forecasts for coal prices, oil prices and LNG prices
  • Are thermal coal prices becoming more dependent on currency movements than on demand and supply?
  • How much can the Middle East and Turkey support Atlantic coal trade?

With speakers from International Energy Agency, Noble Resources, Uniper, RWE Supply & Trading and many others. EURACOAL members will get a 10% discount off the registration fee for the event.

Please see more details at the following link: http://www.coaltrans.com/world-coal-conference/details.html.

EURACOAL position paper on EU ETS reform

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Click to download EURACOAL’s position paper on the Commission’s proposal of July 2015 on EU ETS reform

In light of the EU European Trading System reform, the European Association for Coal and Lignite, EURACOAL, welcomes the Commission proposal of July 2015.

EURACOAL firmly believes in a market-based approach to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as the EU ETS. The single European cap ensures that climate policy targets are achieved. The price follows from the target and reflects the cost of CO2 reduction. If the price of allowances is low, then this means that the CO2 reduction target has been achieved at a low cost – a good outcome. Calls for a particular “carbon price” would undermine the ETS as a market-driven trading system.

EURACOAL presents in its position paper several points where we consider that improvements could be made, namely the Modernisation and Innovation Funds, the Market Stability Reserve, international credits, the free allocations for projects in eligible Member States and for district heating / CHP, the distribution between auctioning and free allowances, allowance fungibility and the New Entrants Reserve.

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