The IEA Clean Coal Centre disseminates impartial information and analysis on all aspects of coal from a global perspective. It publishes a number of specialised topical reports each year, operates a suite of databases and organises targeted conferences and workshops. The staff are available to provide advice and analysis to members. Download REASONS TO JOIN THE IEA CCC
Analysis, information and networking
- Members gain access to an independent, unbiased, credible, thorough and global perspective on clean coal. Information is available on the whole coal use chain from mining, transport, combustion, emissions control, carbon capture, increasing efficiency, and management of residues, through to economic country studies and policy analysis.
- Members benefit from a superb network of contacts via the permanent staff and other members.
- Members nominate topics to be reviewed and choose the studies to be researched at the Executive Committee meetings, held twice a year.
- Usually seventeen analytical reports are published each year, and all residents of member countries and employees of sponsoring organisations receive them at no charge, once registered. Publications are available to members to download in PDF format from our website.
- Members also receive draft copies of reports, and have the opportunity to comment on and contribute to the work prior to publication.
- Databases are available online to members and include clean coal technologies, emission standards and coal meetings.
- The expert staff are available to act as consultants. Minor work, such as responding to questions or preparing short briefs is provided at no charge to members. More substantial work is charged at cost recovery rates.
- Staff are available to give presentations, including keynotes, at events in member countries, as requested.
- The Centre organises various series of workshops and a conference which are held in member countries where possible. The workshops are annual events of up to 100 delegates. There are series on: Advanced USC power plant; Cofiring biomass with coal; Mercury emissions from coal; Upgrading and improving efficiency of coal-fired power plant; and Underground coal gasification. The Clean Coal Technologies conference is held every 2 years.
- Members’ events are publicised in our Coal Meetings database and are listed in our newsletter.
- Press releases by members are included in our Weekly news email.
- Staff contribute features to publications in member countries, as requested.
- Members have access to discussions in the IEA CCC LinkedIn group.
- The monthly webinars are based on reports, and so are selected by members. Webinars can be viewed live or at any time after the event.
Our membership has a range of depth and character which means there is a great networking potential within the IEA Clean Coal Centre. Most, but not all, of the member countries belong to the OECD. The majority of the sponsor organisations are from non-OECD countries. The sponsors include utilities, coal companies, equipment and services suppliers and research organisations.
Since 1974 the IEA has used the structure of Technology Cooperation Programmes (TCP) as a route for international co-operation on energy issues. The (TCP) framework provides a legal mechanism for establishing a member's commitments as well as a management structure. Currently there are over 40 active programmes within the IEA.
There are two categories of participant:
- Contracting parties can be governments or entities nominated by them. They can also be international organisations in which governments participate.
- Sponsors are usually, but not always, from the private sector and have not been designated by a government. Sponsors must be approved by the IEA Committee on Energy Research and Technology (CERT). Sponsors cannot vote on the accession or rejection of new members.
IEA CCC is the largest of the International Energy Agency's (IEA) Technology Cooperation Programmes. This arrangement gives participants the assurance of being part of a comprehensive international programme of energy co-operation.
Participants in the IEA CCC contribute annually to a common fund to finance the activities. There is a set subscription rate for new sponsors. An Executive Committee (ExCo) of representatives nominated by the contracting parties and sponsors acts as the 'board of directors'. The ExCo meet twice a year to decide on the reports to be prepared for the work programme and on the policies of the Centre. Both sponsors and contracting parties have a single vote at ExCo meetings. Currently, Prof Jurgen-Friedrich Hake is Chair of the Executive Committe and Barry MacColl of South Africa is the Vice Chair.
Operational management of the Centre is assigned to an Operating Agent who is accountable to the ExCo. The Operating Agent for the IEA CCC is IEA Coal Research Ltd, a UK registered company.
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