Carbon Capture, Utilization, and Storage

By John Kessels
Executive Editor, Cornerstone

John Kessels, Executive Editor, Cornerstone

In November 2012, Cornerstone was launched as the official journal of the World Coal Association. Cornerstone has since become an internationally recognized credible, independent, high-quality publication, featuring some of the most insightful and informative articles on industry developments. We have looked closely at the technological innovations being pioneered across the coal industry and offered some remarkable thought leadership pieces—from academia, research institutes, investors, and mining companies—that have engendered discussion in the industry.

The mission of Cornerstone was to communicate coal’s involvement in energy communities, the industry’s scientific and technological advancement, and coal’s vital function in propelling the world toward a sustainable future. It also addressed the key challenges that coal faces and brought a wide variety of stakeholders into the discussion to advance the sustainable use of coal. In 2016, Cornerstone has reached more than 70,000 views worldwide and is circulated in print in English and Mandarin. All the articles are accessible at:

After four years, however, it is time to say farewell to Cornerstone. This is our last edition of this journal. In 2017, we will be bringing readers a new journal, named Clean Energy, that will cover not only coal but also other energy technologies, such as solar, wind, unconventional oil and gas, hydrogen energy and fuel cell, energy storage, and smart grid technology developments.

Cornerstone has been instrumental in providing a platform for discussing low-emissions coal technologies, carbon capture and storage (CCS), and the sustainable mining practices being applied across the sector. The journal has also championed the need for policy parity for CCS and for financial investment in low-emissions coal.

So, it is fitting that the final issue focuses on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) as we examine the current and future role that CCUS needs to play in the global energy mix. Our cover story, written by the General Manager of the IEA Clean Coal Centre, looks at the urgency of moving CCS from research to commercial development. Other articles examine CCUS developments in Norway and the development of CCUS over the last 20 years. We also explore the challenges and the exciting developments that are happening with CCUS in China.

This issue also examines clean coal technology developments in Japan and the United Arab Emirates. CCUS remains a key technology for the coal and industrial sector. Experts agree that CCUS needs to be better supported politically and economically in order to continue to play an important role in reducing CO2 emissions in the industrial and energy sector.

With this issue, Cornerstone has come full circle. We hope it informs and encourages readers to understand the developments happening with CCUS today.

We would like to extend our gratitude to the Shenhua Group for bringing together stories, knowledge, and insight from various sections of the industry.

On behalf of our team, I hope you enjoy this final issue and we look forward to bringing you the new journal in 2017.


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