A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters
A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters
Rizky Aditya Putra
Opinion

Opinion

Rizky Aditya Putra and Alfred Gurning

Why it’s too early to rule out ‘sexy killer’ coal in Asean’s energy mix

  • Phasing out coal now is impractical for Asean due to growing energy demand and abundant reserves; and coal may play a role in post-coronavirus recovery
  • Coal accounts for 40 per cent of CO2 emissions, but clean coal technology (CCT) is available to facilitate the transition towards lower emissions

A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters
A coal stockpile is seen at Tarahan coal port in Lampung province, Indonesia. Southeast Asia has plentiful coal supply, and Asean is actively promoting the utilisation of clean coal technology. Photo: Reuters
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Rizky Aditya Putra

Rizky Aditya Putra

Rizky Aditya Putra is a Senior Officer of Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) at the Asean Centre for Energy. He holds a Master of Science degree in Oil & Gas Enterprise Management from the University of Aberdeen in the United Kingdom. Expert in project management, energy efficiency and conservation, and clean coal technology.

Alfred Gurning

Alfred Gurning

Alfred Gurning is a Technical Officer of Asean Plan of Action for Energy Cooperation (APAEC) at the Asean Centre for Energy. He holds a Master of Nuclear Engineering from Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and Master of Material Science for Nuclear Energy from Grenoble INP - Phelma. Expert in civilian nuclear energy and clean coal technology.