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IEA Clean Coal Centre


The IEA Clean Coal Centre

The IEA Clean Coal Centre (IEA CCC) was formed in 1975, by those OECD governments who were members of the International Energy Agency. This was in the wake

of the oil crisis at that time. The Centre is located in London and employs about 25 people, most of whom are engineers, technologists or information

specialists. It is a non-profit making organisation funded mainly by members’ subscriptions.

The IEA CCC provides access to technical resource archives and databases. It also provides expert analysis of developments. information and knowledge

dissemination on the energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable use of coal in a balanced and objective way, without political or commercial bias.


The IEA CCC employs some of the leading technical commentators in the field of coal technologies.

Lesley Sloss has contributed to IEA Clean Coal Centre since 1990, specialising in legislation and technologies to reduce stack emissions – NOx, particulates, halogens, trace elements and organics. In addition, Lesley is an expert on coal bed methane, N2O and mercury. Lesley represents Britain on the ISO (International Standards Organisation) standards committee helping to write new international standards for the measurement of pollutants, and is a member of the UN ECE’s Methane-to-Markets committee. She advises UNEP and UNIDO on mercury issues.

The effect of coal combustion on the environment has been studied and reviewed by Irene Smith for 30 years. IEA CCC gave her the task of producing the first review on “Carbon dioxide and the ‘greenhouse effect’ – an unresolved problem” which appeared in 1978. Irene has kept a watching brief on the science of climate change, greenhouse gas emissions and ways to reduce them, since the late 1970s.

Rohan Fernando main interests are in fuels, combustion and emission controls, having written several reports on the co-firing of coal with other fuels, such as natural gas, petcokes, biomass and wastes.

Robert Davidson is an expert on coal science representing IEA CCC on the Committees of the International Conference on Coal Science and Technology and the European Conference on Coal Research and its Applications.

Paul Baruya is an author of coal market reports with expertise is on the economic aspects of coal.

Herminé Nalbandian writes on key environmental issues including policy, coal utilisation and control technology. She is involved in the Coaltrans ICS Training Courses.

Colin Henderson is a senior technology reviewer, author and analyst, working on techno-economic assessments of all the major coal utilisation technologies for power generation. His specialities are clean coal technologies, including IGCC and zero emissions with CO2 capture. He is working on a major series of case studies on coal-fired power plants around the world for the IEA as part of a remit from the Climate Change Action Plan G8 Summit of 2005.

Anne Carpenter reports on a subjects such as coal blending and coal quality assessment. She is a member of the BSI (British Standards Institute) committee covering coal analysis.

Gordon Couch specialises in coal markets, coal preparation and is an expert on peat.


The membership of the IEA Clean Coal Centre includes major players in the global coal industry. Currently, there are 10 government members and 12 industrial sponsors. The membership includes both signatories and non-signatories to the Kyoto Protocol, OECD countries, Russia, developing countries and governments and industrial members;

Austria Canada European Commission Germany Italy Japan Republic of Korea Spain United Kingdom USA Anglo Coal, South Africa Australian Coal Industry Consortium (ACIC), Australia Beijing Research Institute of Coal Chemistry (BRICC), China BG Group, UK Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL), India Coal Association of New Zealand (CANZ), New Zealand Danish Power Group (DPG), Denmark Eletrobras, Brazil ESKOM, South Africa Netherlands Power Group, Netherlands Schlumberger, France Swedish Industry Group (SIG), Sweden Siberian Coal and Energy Company (Suek), Russia

The IEA CCC membership have equal voting rights when selecting the work programme. The topics reviewed cover all coal related issues but there is a focus on coal-fired power and the environment, co-firing, and carbon efficient advanced power generation systems, looking towards zero emissions. The Clean Coal Centre supported the IEA in its response to the G8 Action Plan on Climate Change and also plays a key role in supporting the IEA Working Party Fossil Fuel Initiative on Zero Emissions Technologies.

The IEA Clean Coal Centre work programme produces studies that are relevant for all those involved in the use or supply of coal. Research reports are in depth, unbiased and topical. The subjects for special reports cover any aspect of the coal chain such as aspects of the coal market; carbon abatement; coal properties; coal conversion; power generation; emissions and effects; pollution control technologies; and coal utilisation residues.

Free copies of executive summaries of major IEA Clean Coal Centre reports, designed for policy makers and researchers and providing essential information on coal technology, supply, use and the environment in a concise, easy to read format are available from the Centre, or can be downloaded from the website.


IEA Clean Coal Centre Gemini House 10-18 Putney Hill London SW15 6AA Tel: +44 (0)20 8780 2111 Fax: +44 (0)20 8780 1746

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