Link to the University of Pittsburgh
Link to the University Library SystemContact us link
AEI Banner

Coal power in the European Union. Egmont European Affairs Working Paper, 2007

VanHecke, Karel. (2007) Coal power in the European Union. Egmont European Affairs Working Paper, 2007. [Working Paper]

Download (43Kb) | Preview


    Today most EU Member States rely on (mostly imported) coal to achieve their energy requirements. Various countries have confirmed that coal power will continue to be part of their energy mix. Moreover, the European Union’s energy security concerns have shed new light on the use of coal power in the near future. Coal indeed presents attractive advantages in today’s energy landscape. Coal reserves are vast and widely distributed throughout the world whilst the coal market is a well-functioning and relatively stable world market, particularly compared to oil and gas. Nonetheless, coal power has one crucial disadvantage. It is by far the most polluting solid fuel. Coal-fired power plants are responsible for approximately one-fourth of humanproduced carbon dioxide every year. In the light of the European Union’s ambitious fight against climate change, it is obvious that the future of coal power in the EU depends upon a possible shift towards lower levels of CO2 emissions and ultimately zero-emission power plants. The implementation of technological solutions seems to play a determining role in this respect.

    Export/Citation:EndNote | BibTeX | Dublin Core | ASCII (Chicago style) | HTML Citation | OpenURL
    Social Networking:
    Item Type: Working Paper
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > energy policy (Including international arena)
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > environmental policy (including international arena)
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Egmont : Royal Institute for International Affairs > European Affairs
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2009
    Page Range: p. 1
    Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:58

    Actions (login required)

    View Item

    Document Downloads