Cornerstone, the official publication of the world coal industry, was launched by the World Coal Association in the spring of 2013. Cornerstone is an internationally recognized, high-quality, objective publication that includes content investigating all aspects of the global coal industry. The electronic version is offered free of charge through this website.
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“Cities are currently home to just over half of the world’s population and virtually all of the 1.1 billion increase in global population projected over the next 15 years is expected to occur in urban areas.”
– Barney Cohen
Chief of Branch, Population Division,
Department of Economic and Social Affairs,
By Barney Cohen, United Nations
In September 2015, member states of the United Nations (UN) will meet in New York to finalize a new global development agenda that will guide the international community’s efforts to eradicate poverty, reverse global trends toward unsustainable patterns of consumption and production, and protect and manage the environment over the next 15 years.
By Benjamin Sporton, World Coal Association
Since 2012, when 350.org launched its “Fossil Free” campaign, there has been an increasing global campaign to divest fossil fuel assets, particularly coal. The approach has been supported by some institutions that have divested, while rejected by others. For instance, in February 2015, despite an expert panel supporting continued investment, NBIM, the manager of Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, announced it had divested a number of fossil fuel companies from its portfolio.
By Mike Elliott, Ernst & Young
Urbanization and steel intensity go hand in hand. In the preliminary stages of a country’s urbanization, steel intensity increases with the need for new infrastructure for improved connectivity, efficient use of natural resources, and creation of sophisticated transport hubs. Increased population density means taller buildings requiring more high-quality steel. Demand for machinery also increases as more of the population urbanizes to find employment industries that are steel-intensive.
By Stefan Schroeter, Cornerstone Contributing Author
An increasingly urbanized global community affords greater opportunities for the most efficient means to extract energy from coal and other fuels: combined heat and power (CHP) plants. CHP is not new. Some of the world’s first power plants were CHP facilities and they continue to be deployed globally today. Plant size, electricity output, and heat provided are site specific and the electricity and heat output can vary throughout the year as more heating is needed during cooler months. Germany is an example of a country that has been relying successfully for decades on a mix of large and small CHP facilities, many of which are coal fired.