Coal-fired power generation set to hit ‘all-time high in 2021’: IEA


Coal photographed in front of the towers of a coal-fired power station in Mpumalanga, South Africa, on October 15, 2021.

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Coal-fired power generation is due to hit an all-time high this year, according to a report from the International Energy Agency, with the organization’s executive director calling for urgent action to mitigate emissions from the sector.

The IEA’s report, Coal 2021, noted the planet’s coal power generation was on a trajectory that would see it rise by 9% in 2021, reaching 10,350 terawatt-hours.

In an announcement on Friday, the IEA said the rebound was “being driven by this year’s rapid economic recovery, which has pushed up…


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