EME 444
Global Energy Enterprise

Summary and Final Tasks


In this lesson, you learned about the coal industry--from mining and extraction to greenhouse gas emissions, as well as estimates of coal reserves around the world and global demand for coal. We also reviewed the status and technologies for managing the carbon impacts of coal, including new methods of combustion and carbon capture and storage.

You learned:

  • about standard forms of coal and their properties;
  • about coal's role in the carbon cycle, including photosynthesis, coalification, and combustion;
  • concepts and terminology related to surface and underground mining, as well as coal-fired technologies;
  • about coal's role in greenhouse gas emissions, including carbon dioxide and methane;
  • to research and report on global coal reserves and consumption;
  • the technology and status of clean coal technologies;
  • the technology and status of carbon capture and storage (CCS);
  • to recognize and analyze externalities related to the coal industry.

Have you completed everything?

You have reached the end of Lesson 6! Double-check the list of requirements on the first page of this lesson to make sure you have completed all of the activities listed there.