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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wiley_cornerstone_2014winter_coverThe first issue of Volume 3 of Cornerstone focuses on the many ways that coal can be used to fill global energy demand with the highest efficiency and lowest emissions possible.

“A current state-of-the-art coal-fired plant operating with a high-efficiency USC steam cycle will be more efficient, more reliable and have a longer life expectancy than its older subcritical counterparts.”

– Ian Barnes
IEA Clean Coal Centre


Highlighted Articles

Upgrading the Efficiency of the World’s Coal Fleet to Reduce CO2 Emissions

By Ian Barnes, IEA Clean Coal Centre

Decorative-WaigaoqiaoCoal remains an important source of energy for the world, particularly for power generation. During the last decade the demand for coal has grown rapidly, as has the demand for gas, oil, nuclear, and renewable energy sources. Various projections for future growth in energy demand suggest that this trend will continue, dominated by coal use in the emerging economies, particularly China and India. Continuing pressure to cut CO2 emissions to mitigate the effects of climate change, specifically to limit the average rise in global temperature to between 2°C and 3°C, will require halving (from current levels) CO2 emissions by 2050.

Shenhua’s Evolution From Coal Producer to Clean Energy Supplier

By Ling Wen, Shenhua Group

China’s resource endowment has resulted in an energy mix dominated by coal—a fact unlikely to change for the foreseeable future. However, the continued large-scale extensive production and utilization of coal has resulted in considerable environmental impacts. If China’s current approach to coal production and utilization remains unchanged, such problems could worsen. Therefore, the Chinese government has placed an emphasis on environmentally friendly development in the future, actively reforming the methods used in the production and consumption of energy resources, improving the state of the natural environment, and generally working to increase sustainability.

What is on the Cards for the Coal Industry in 2015?

By Aleksandra Tomczak, World Coal Association


Last year the coal industry saw a number of important changes to policies and regulations, both nationally and internationally, that directly affect coal demand and the business of mining coal. Among the most important were the repeal of the carbon tax in Australia, the EPA’s CO2 emission limits on new and existing power plants in the U.S., the EU’s initial agreement on the 2030 energy and climate package, and the election of a new prime minister in India.

Setting the Benchmark: The World’s Most Efficient Coal-Fired Power Plants

By Dawn Santoianni, Tau Technical Communications LLC


International efforts to mitigate climate impacts have intensely scrutinized carbon emissions from the electricity sector. Coal, in particular, has been targeted as a source of emissions that could be reduced. The International Energy Agency recognizes that “coal is an important source of energy for world…we must find ways to use coal more efficiently and to reduce its environmental footprint.” With global coal demand projected to increase 15% through 2040, reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired electricity has become a policy focus in many countries as part of an overall strategy to reduce emissions.