Water Linkages to Coal Fired Energy Production: Shaping the Future

China Water Risk; HSBC

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Energy production is globally the second largest water user with a share of fifteen percent  which is a constraint for global energy development. Coal continues to be the dominant energy source contributing about 30% to the world’s energy consumption.


On the other hand coal mining has a large impact on the local water resources. China accounts for over half of the global coal consumption and has 40% of the global proposed coal-fired power plants generation capacity. Coal energy production is one of the largest water user and polluter, while water resources are extremely limited in China.


Even more dependent on coal resources is South Africa, the biggest coal producer in Africa, with a share of 77% of its total energy production. Coal mining activities put an enormous pressure on groundwater quality and quantity. One of the major problems in open pit mining is Acid Mine Drainage. Without a sound environmental management in the planning and operation of these, they cause severe environmental pollution. The avoidance of environmental damages would not only protect water resources but also save large costs for rehabilitation.

14:00     Opening Statement
              Mr. Ramon Brentfuhrer, BGR
              Ms. Tien Shiao, WRI
14:30     The Cost of Coal and Fracking for Water Security in South Africa
               Ms. Christine Colvin, WWF
14:45     Sasol’s Water Stewardship Strategy in South Africa
              Mr. Martin Ginster, Sasol
15:10     Challenges for companies and Investors: Water Risks to China’s Coal and Power Production Due to Limited Water Resources
              Ms. Zoe Knight, HSBC
15:15     China’s National and Provincial Strategies to Address China’s Coal and Water Challenges
               Ms. Debra Tan, China Water Risk


15:50     Coffee Break


16:20     Panel Discussion
              Moderator: Mr. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue

  • Vice Minister of Environment
  • Ms. Christine Colvin, WWF
  • Ms. Lijin Zhong, WRI
  • Mr. Richard Garner, AngloAmerican
  • Ms. Zoe Knight, HSBC
  • Mr. Anthony Jude, ADB

17:20     Closing and Final Message
             Mr. Carl Ganter, Circle of Blue
17:30     Close of Seminar


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