The report finds that from 2007 to 2015, G7 countries have provided more than $42 billion in the form of direct finance, guarantees, technical assistance, and aid for coal power, coal mining, and related projects despite recent commitments made in Paris to transition their economies away from fossil fuels. Japan continues to be the worst G7 offender when it comes to public financing for coal projects, providing $22 billion from 2007 to 2015.
The 62-page report documents the use of forced and slave labor in the mining of coal and other minerals in North Korea. (Coal exports, mostly to China, represent about half the country’s exports and are a major source of foreign exchange.)
The ‘Dark Cloud’ report quantifies for the first time the cross-border health impacts of air pollution from coal use in
electricity generation in the European Union. It also provides an in-depth assessment of the 30 plants with the
highest negative health and climate impacts. It finds that the overall economic costs of health impacts from coal combustion in the EU at up to 62.3 billion Euros.