A large percentage of thermal power plants that generate our electricity run on coal.
Another prominent fuel used in these thermal power plants is natural gas.
Besides some operational advantages that natural gas provides over coal, use of natural gas also goes a long way towards CO2 emissions reductions.
This is because Natural Gas emits about 50% less CO2 per kWh of electricity generated, compared to coal.
Use of natural gas, instead of coal, to generate power at power plants can thus cut down CO2 emissions by half!
This is one of the reasons many power plants being newly built in countries such as the US are deploying natural gas, as the US now has plenty of natural gas with the successful exploitation of shale gas resources in its territory.