Cornerstone Mag

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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Volume 4 Issue 1
The first issue of Volume 4 of Cornerstone is focused on technology transfer and communication.

“HELE coal technology has generally emerged as the choice for future projects, offering a more resilient and affordable source of electricity to supplement inadequate gas and renewable power”

– Paul Baruya
IEA Clean Coal Centre


Highlighted Articles

Fueling Increased Electricity Production

By Paul Baruya, IEA Clean Coal Centre

Baruya Thumbnail In the wake of COP21, as the world focuses on climate change mitigation, it can be easy to forget other important energy-sector considerations. For example, the emerging economies in Asia are eager to shake off the currency crisis of 1997 and build a robust and prosperous economic region. However, driving this growth requires more energy.

Coal’s Role in ASEAN Energy

By Beni Suryadi and Sanjayan Velautham, ASEAN Centre for Energy

Velautham ThumbnailThe Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is one of the most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world. It has contributed significantly to meeting the objectives of reducing the poverty rate, improving the overall well-being of the peoples of ASEAN, narrowing the development gap, strengthening economic development, and expanding both extra- and intra-ASEAN trade and investment.

What’s Driving India’s Coal Demand Growth

By Liam McHugh, World Coal Association

McHugh Opening ImageAs noted in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) World Energy Outlook 2015, India is in the early stages of a major transformation. While other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) nations face another year of economic uncertainty, the World Bank suggests India’s GDP will grow by 7.9% in 2016, more than twice the global average. Economic growth and modernization will in turn drive energy demand, especially for coal.

Oceanic Storage of CO2 by Japan and Taiwan

By Chen-Tung Arthur Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University

Chen Globe ThumbnailAs energy capacity increases in developing Asia and elsewhere, associated emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases could increase unless low-emissions technologies are employed. Carbon capture and storage has emerged as a potential low-emissions technology, but suitable and safe storage sites must be identified. As capacity to produce electricity grows, there is ongoing research in Japan and Taiwan to identify promising CO2 storage sites.