Whichever way you look at it, this little black rock provides many benefits to our economy, wages, infrastructure and everyday lifestyle. And it can now reduce its emissions by up to 40%.

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…creates $6 billion in wages each year

…powers 71% of all electricity on the grid

…is worth $40 billion to Australia in exports annually1

…and can reduce its emissions by up to 40%

The role of coal

…. accounts for 41% of all global electricity, creates most of the world’s steel, and even the footpaths you walk on.2

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… is used to make 71% of all electricity on the Australian grid.2

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… has accounted, on average, for more than 13% of Australia’s total exports over the last 5 years.2

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The benefits of coal

Though most of us are not directly involved in the Australian coal industry, we all benefit from its contributions to employment, national income, infrastructure, training, and the significant amounts paid to State and Federal governments every year.3

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The role of coal

The coal industry is working hard to lower emissions, putting millions towards innovation, research and new technology. Compared with older coal technology CO2 emissions have already been cut by 40% and research continues into making coal cleaner and more sustainable for generations to come. Technology such as carbon capture and storage is leading the way and even helping to improve other industries such as oil and gas. CCS is now operating commercially and reducing CO2 emissions from coal power by up to 90%.4

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The future of coal

The demand for coal continues to increase as the world’s urban population grows from 4.0 billion in 2015 to a projected 6.3 billion in 2050. Working alongside other energy sources, coal will continue to play an important role, as we create more efficient technology and work on finding cleaner ways of using our abundant resources.5

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