The Coal Preparation Society of India (CPSI) joined the World Coal Association (WCA) as its newest Associate Member following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding in India in February.
The CPSI is a non-government and non-profit body of coal washing, coal mining and allied industries dedicatedly promoting beneficiation of high-ash Indian coal in order to make it clean and environmentally acceptable energy resource. CPSI head office is located in New Delhi.
WCA’s Chief Executive Benjamin Sporton said: “We are proud to have the CPSI join the WCA as we believe it strongly demonstrates the role coal can play in the economic development of India. CPSI joining the WCA highlights India’s growing role in the international coal market. WCA is committed to engaging more deeply with the Indian coal industry and national stakeholders”.
At present, the CPSI has 47 large companies both public sector and private companies as its corporate members, and a significant number of individual members. On the global front, the CPSI provides an opportunity to the members to join business delegations of different countries to explore possibilities for enhancing bilateral trade and joint ventures.
Raj Sachdev, President of the CPSI said: “We are very happy to be part of the WCA and we support their role as strong international advocates for coal and cleaner coal technologies. The CPSI believes that WCA should engage more in India and towards this, we will assist in any way we can”.
“India has made it very clear that coal will be critical to delivering its economic development and energy access objectives. India is working hard to reduce emissions from coal and we need to be taking an approach that helps deploy the most efficient coal in place of the least efficient coal technology,” Benjamin Sporton concluded.
The WCA has recognised the important role coal plays in India’s economic development, particularly with the publication of its flagship report “India’s Energy Trilemma” looking at the growing coal demand and the significant potential offered by high-efficiency low-emission (HELE) coal technologies in reducing CO2 emissions to meet climate objectives.
Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs