Strategy of a Global Coal Company for Sustainable Development

Strategy of a Global Coal Company for Sustainable Development STRATEGY OF A GLOBAL C OAL COMPANY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPME NT Günter D ach* & U lrich Wegmann** *German Hard Coal Association; **RAG Coal International AG info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION The es teem of c oal as an energy medium, e specially for p ower generation, has significantly grown internationally since the middle o f the year 2000. Decisive for this were the problems in t he American power supply and the moderate price increase of coal compared with o il a nd gas. This t opical trend f its in w ith t he generally positive evaluation of t he future de velopment of c oal demand as expressed in p opular forecasts, while the growing h unger fo r en ergy of th e developing and threshold countries is especially cited as a reason. At the same time, t he discussion of t he possible effects of t he growing en ergy consumption on the world cl imate has intensified noticeably, even though th e interrelationship between the CO concentration and the heating up of t he atmosphere of t he earth is not sc ientifically proven b eyond any doubt. Strategies for a sustainable development as the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Energy & Environment SAGE

Strategy of a Global Coal Company for Sustainable Development

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SAGE
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© 2002 SAGE Publications
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0958-305X
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2048-4070
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10.1260/095830502320939561
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STRATEGY OF A GLOBAL C OAL COMPANY FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPME NT Günter D ach* & U lrich Wegmann** *German Hard Coal Association; **RAG Coal International AG info@worldenergy.org 1. INTRODUCTION The es teem of c oal as an energy medium, e specially for p ower generation, has significantly grown internationally since the middle o f the year 2000. Decisive for this were the problems in t he American power supply and the moderate price increase of coal compared with o il a nd gas. This t opical trend f its in w ith t he generally positive evaluation of t he future de velopment of c oal demand as expressed in p opular forecasts, while the growing h unger fo r en ergy of th e developing and threshold countries is especially cited as a reason. At the same time, t he discussion of t he possible effects of t he growing en ergy consumption on the world cl imate has intensified noticeably, even though th e interrelationship between the CO concentration and the heating up of t he atmosphere of t he earth is not sc ientifically proven b eyond any doubt. Strategies for a sustainable development as the

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Published: Sep 1, 2002

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