International Committee for Coal and Organic Petrology (ICCP) is the main body on basic research on petrographic entities of coal and organic matters. For around seven decades it has been organizing different activities on basic research on coal petrography involving the talented petrographers from across the globe. One of the main activities of the ICCP is the constitution of different commissions/working groups on various themes/topical issues on basic and applied aspects of coal petrography. The expert members of the working groups through rigorous exercises of round robin tests evolve the standardized procedures on various themes, which on finalization in its General Body/Council meetings are recommended to different standardization bodies like ISO, ASTM, AS, IS, etc. It arranges Accreditation Programmes to create a pool of accredited coal petrographers and provides trainings on basic and applied aspects of coal petrography at different venues. It also arranges geological field trips on fossil fuel exploration / environmental aspects
The current meeting and symposium (ICCP-2022) is being organized by CSIR-Central Institute of Mining & Fuel Research, a premier institute of Government of India providing basic research, R&D back up, advisory services and help in technology upgradation & adoption to coal and mineral based industries to reach the targeted production with high standards of safety, economy and cleaner environments. CSIR-CIMFR is a constituent laboratory of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), which is an autonomous body under Government of India. An ensemble of 37 state-of-art laboratories, CSIR today is amongst the foremost public funded research organization in the world.
The theme of this Symposium is “Recent trends on coal utilisation for sustainable development and energy security” on 23rd September,2022 . This will focus on application of advanced coal characterisation techniques including coal petrography for different industrial uses including steel and power sectors.