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"Coal is accepted as a secure, competitive, and environmentally sustainable energy resource contributing to New Zealand's prosperity."
The Coal Association of New Zealand represents the interests of over 95% of New
Zealand's coal producers and industry users. The Association liaises with the Government
and the community, and promotes government and industry
research investment to strengthen the industry's
competitiveness and environmental acceptability. Our main
research provider is CRL Energy Ltd.
New Zealand has reserves of coal that can provide affordable,
environmentally sustainable and secure energy for hundreds of
years. Energy is important to the New Zealand economy and a key
policy objective must be to deliver the lowest cost energy
possible. The need to maintain competitiveness and developing
technologies demand that these coal reserves be part of
New Zealand's future energy
The Coal Association works actively to ensure coal continues to contribute to New Zealand's prosperity. Our vision is based on the development and deployment of new technologies. New technologies offer a number of pathways to a zero emission future - one of these pathways is to a hydrogen energy economy. The Coal Association is an active supporter of a $6 million Foundation for Research, Science and Technology research programme "Hydrogen Energy for the Future of New Zealand" as a first step in New Zealand's transition towards a hydrogen energy economy. The Association has invested in related areas of advanced technological and environmental issues, including the development of a Hydrogen Roadmap for the coal industry and technologies and options for sequestration of the CO2 by-product of hydrogen production from coal.
Clean coal technologies provide another pathway to addressing environmental issues
from coal utilisation and the Association is investing in
research relevant to their application to New Zealand coals. Membership of
key R&D organisations allows the Association to be
involved in international projects and informed on advances in
coal-based energy production around the
The Coal Association is an active member of the following international organisations
and research consortia:
Australian Coal21 Programme
International Energy Agency (IEA) Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme
IEA Clean Coal Centre
World Coal Institute
Membership of these organisations allows us access to the latest energy-related
research and assists with our ongoing representation of the
industry at national level to better inform policy making in
the energy sector in New Zealand.
The Coal Association is also a member of the new industry group, Straterra, representing the New Zealand resource sector and New Zealand mining.
Click here for a list of directors, coal producer members, and associate members.
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