This report sets out the dangers that Underground Coal Gasification and Coal Chemicals pose in terms of climate change, local environmental impacts and public health. Against a backdrop of slow growth within the conventional coal industry, highly polluting, unconventional coal technologies threaten to further destabilise the earth’s climate.
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.)