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Advanced Fossil Fuel Technologies

Background

Mitigation of climate change will require not only de-carbonizing the global economy through the promotion of cleaner advanced energy technologies but also a steady increase in efficiency in using fossil fuels for electricity generation. This includes state-of-the-art power plant design and technology, coal gasification, underground coal gasification and coal liquefaction. However the magnitude of required investment for cleaner electricity production necessitates capital flows from both domestic and foreign sources. A project funded by the United Nations was implemented in 2011-2012 by UNECE, UNCTAD and ESCAP to enhance the capabilities of selected economies in transition and emerging market economies to attract foreign direct investment in advanced fossil fuel technologies for electricity. The countries participating in the project were Afghanistan, China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan.

The project aims to: (a) increase skills to develop and maintain an attractive investment climate to encourage foreign direct investment into the power sector based on coal and other fossil fuels to meet the growing demand for electricity and achieving related climate change goals; (b) improve cooperative relationships between energy policy makers and investors; and (c) increase skills to develop pre-feasibility studies on the power sector and related fossil fuels project. APCTT was assigned with implementation of the India portion of the project. Under this project, APCTT organized a workshop on “Advances in Fossil Fuel Technologies and Investments for Power Generation” on 6 and 7 June 2012 at New Delhi. A report of the workshop has been made available at this website for wider dissemination.