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.

Click on the image below to read Volume 3 Issue 2

wiley_cornerstone_2015summer_coverThe second issue of Volume 3 of Cornerstone offers several articles that explore the many areas in which coal is linked to urbanization.

“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,
United Nations


Highlighted Articles

Urbanization, City Growth, and the New United Nations Development Agenda

By Barney Cohen, United Nations

cover imageIn 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.

The High Cost of Divestment

By Benjamin Sporton, World Coal Association

shutterstock_262127453 Since 2012, when 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.

Urbanization, Steel Demand, and Raw Materials

By Mike Elliott, Ernst & Young

iStock_000015440283_Medium 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.

Cogeneration Plants Close to Town Get the Most Out of Coal in Germany

By Stefan Schroeter, Cornerstone Contributing Author

1_Lippendorf-Corrected-SizedAn 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.