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The Clean Coal Task Group (CCTG) coordinates much of the work undertaken by the TUC and its affiliates in support of Congress energy policy. The CCTG is a joint industry-unions body, chaired by Michael Gibbons. Its activities include reports, Ministerial and MP's briefings and liaison with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Clean Coal. Key policy issues include the case for carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology for coal and gas, and securing a long term future for UK mining industry through its Roadmap for coal. The TUC is represented on the UK Coal Forum and the Carbon Capture and Storage Development Forum. This new forum, established in November 2010, is chaired by the Energy Secretary, bringing together government and industry stakeholders to devise ways to overcome barriers and maximise business opportunities in order to commercially deploy CCS in the UK.
Roadmap for coal [PDF] This report warns that unless ministers get their energy policy right there is a danger that reforms to the electricity market will simply see the construction of a number of new gas power stations to the detriment of coal.
The most recent documents available on this subject are:A transitional plan for clean coal in the UK
Coal power underpins the UK's electricity supply. At peak times in winter 2011, coal generated over 50% of UK electricity. It provides stable and flexible baseload energy. It's a cost-effective counterbalance to intermittent renewable and inflexible...
The TUC supports a binding CO2 target for the Energy Bill. At peak times during the winter period, coal fired generation has supplied over 50% of the UK's electricity demand. We believe that clean coal with carbon capture & storage (CCS) has a key ro...
TUC Clean Coal Task Group Submission to DECC's 'Call for evidence on the role of gas in the electricity market," June 2012. The government should complement its gas strategy with a similar review of the role of coal in the energy mix in order to dev...
Coal and the Energy Bill, June 2012: TUC Clean Coal Task Group Submission to the Energy & Climate Change Committee. This TUC Briefing sets out 4 key reforms to the Energy Bill essential to secure investment in clean coal technology, develop UK mining...
Coal, it appears, is the forgotten fuel, both in the Energy Bill and in DECC's new gas strategy. UK mining industry directly employs over 6,000 people and at least the same again in coal power stations, rail and transport infrastructure. With coal ge...
Commenting on the announcement today (Wednesday) that the government is to abandon plans for the UK's first coal-fired power plant to have included carbon capture and storage technology, TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: “
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