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About the International Energy Agency (IEA)

IEA Coal Research is a collaborative project established in 1975 involving member countries of the International Energy Agency (IEA). Its purpose is to provide information about and analysis of coal technology, supply and use. The project is governed by representatives of member countries and the Commission of the European Communities.

The IEA was established in 1974 within the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A basic aim of the IEA is to foster co-operation among the twenty-three IEA participating countries in order to increase energy security through diversification of energy supply, cleaner and more efficient use of energy, and energy conservation. This is achieved, in part, through a program of collaborative research and development of which IEA Coal Research is by far the largest and the longest established single project.

IEA Coal Research exists to promote a wider understanding of the key issues concerning coal, with special emphasis on clean coal technologies and security of supply; and in particular

  • to gather, assess and disseminate information about coal;
  • to undertake in-depth studies on topics of special interest to its members, having due regard to the strategic priorities of the International Energy Agency;
  • to assess the technical, economic and environmental significance of these topics;
  • to identify gaps in international research programmes;
  • to report the findings in a balanced and objective way without political or commercial bias.

These objectives are achieved by:

  • collaborating worldwide with organisations and individuals interested in energy security and the clean and efficient use of coal;
  • publishing authoritative reports, abstracts and newsletters;
  • constructing and maintaining a number of specialised databases to assist in information dissemination;
  • assisting member country organisations with their enquiries;
  • developing closer links with non-member countries which are major producers or users of coal;
  • participating in, and helping to organise, international conferences, seminars and workshops.