Jim Thompson

S&P Global

Executive Director, Coal, Energy

Jim Thompson, Executive Director, Coal, Energy, S&P Global, has analyzed and provided insight on coal markets for more than three decades. Mr. Thompson’s major area of expertise is the North American coal markets and he is conversant on worldwide market trends. Mr. Thompson’s expertise is in both thermal coal for electricity production and metallurgical coal for use in the steelmaking process. He is widely quoted in major financial newspapers and speaks at multiple industry-related conferences. Mr. Thompson has performed coal market consultations for both coal producers and consumers and for financial analysts and investors. Mr. Thompson joined IHS Markit as a part of its acquisition of Energy Publishing, of which he was a Co-Founder. Mr. Thompson was educated at Dallas Baptist University.

Sessions With Jim Thompson

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Atlantic Basin Coal: Supply & demand challenges

    Panel Power & Renewables
    While demand for thermal coal continues to grow in the Pacific Market, its role in the energy transition is perhaps most intriguing on the other side of the world. The cost of abandoning coal is proving to be expensive, both in pure economic terms and in energy resilience. A robust discussion will center on net-zero ambitions, the challenges of retiring and replacing coal, and the need to support sufficient production and infrastructure to bridge the gap to a new fuel mix. What challenges face governments, investors, coal producers, and infrastructure providers? What is a viable, secure path during the energy transition?
  • 05:20pm - 06:05pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 11:20 pm - 11/mar/2022 12:05 am

    Coal in the Global Energy Mix

    Panel Power & Renewables
    Major figures in the global coal industry discuss the reasons a transition from coal is likely to be far more deliberate and challenging than many perceive. Global coal consumption continues its growth, but the industry is challenged by financial and social pressure. Recent events suggest that a smooth energy transition is elusive. Coal will be prominent in the energy picture for the foreseeable future. How can industry meet the challenge of transitioning to a healthy, environmentally sound and productive coal chain?