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Date: 8/4/2016
Type: Report
Status: Active
NETL Contact: Timothy J. Skone, P.E.
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Author(s): Greg Cooney (Booz Allen Hamilton); Matthew Jamieson (Booz Allen Hamilton); Joe Marriott (Booz Allen Hamilton); Michele Mutchek (Booz Allen Hamilton); Michelle Krynock (Booz Allen Hamilton); Timothy J Skone (NETL)

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The purpose of this study was to compare environmental implications of exporting United States (U.S.) coal resources to Asian markets with respect to alternative global sources of steam coal. This study seeks to evaluate and understand potential environmental consequences of exporting PRB coal compared to global alternative sources of coal. This study was informed by a 10-person industry based Technical Steering Committee to improve the quality of the analysis. The key question addressed by the study: Is there a definitive difference between the life cycle GHG profiles between sourcing coal from the U.S. (PRB), Australia, or Indonesia for Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan? Given the uncertainty in the model parameter values, there is not a definitive difference between the life cycle GHG profiles between sourcing coal from the U.S. (PRB), Australia, or Indonesia for Japan, South Korea, or Taiwan.