Burning high-quality thermal coal will reduce the emission profile of emerging economies, he said in a speech to the University of New South Wales.
“In Japan, air pollution has historically decreased as coal consumption increased due to highly efficient, ultra supercritical coal plants,” he said.
“Queensland, in particular, is endowed with substantial deposits of high-energy, low-emission thermal coal which will be increasingly sought after in Asian markets.”
Upgrading the world’s current coal-powered fleet with advanced, supercritical technology could deliver a 90% improvement in sulphur dioxide emissions rates; 93% less nitrogen oxide emissions rates; and virtually zero particulates, Jorss said.
“Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry estimates that if China, India and the US could achieve the same thermal efficiency as today’s Japanese plants, carbon dioxide emissions would reduce by about 1.5 billion tonnes per annum,” he said.