• Clean Coal Centre becomes International Centre for Sustainable Carbon

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The International Energy Agency has renamed its former Clean Coal Centre as the International Centre for Sustainable Carbon. According to its own press release, the new name comes about as “the role of coal, biomass and other carbon-based fuels changes and how they interact with variable renewable energy sources becomes more important”. This is undoubtedly true – in future energy mixes, fossil and other carbon-based fuels will increasingly support other types of energy, particularly renewable energies. There is also a moral element to the shift in stated focus, with the release saying it is in line with “our values and vision” – clearly, this is a recognition that carbon-based fuels contribution to GHG emissions flow on to negative impacts to much of the world’s population through climate change. At the same time, however, it is also an implicit recognition that such fuels will continue to play a role in the future, and also have a beneficial side in being able to support reliable power supply.