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What about Coal? Interactions between Climate Policies and the Global Steam Coal Market until 2030

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Clemens Haftendorn, Claudia Kemfert, Franziska Holz

In: Energy Policy 48 (2012), S. 274-283


Because of economic growth and a strong increase in global energy demand the demand for fossil fuels and therefore also greenhouse gas emissions are increasing, although climate policy should lead to the opposite effect. The coal market is of special relevance as coal is available in many countries and often the first choice to meet energy demand. In this paper we assess possible interactions between climate policies and the global steam coal market. Possible market adjustments between demand regions through market effects are investigated with a numerical model of the global steam coal market: the "COALMOD-World" model. This equilibrium modelcomputes future trade flows, infrastructure investments and prices until 2030. We investigate three specific designs of climate policy: a unilateral European climate policy, an Indonesian export-limiting policy and a fast-roll out of carbon capture and storage (CCS) in the broader context of climate policy and market constraints. We findthat market adjustment effects in the coal market can have significant positive and negative impacts on the effectiveness of climate policies.

Claudia Kemfert

Head of Department in the Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Franziska Holz

Deputy Head of Department in the Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Keywords: Climate policy, Future coal production, Numerical modeling