editor’s noteIt has been another eventful week. The Sri Lankan Government stated it plans to drop a coal plant while some major Norwegian political parties signalled they want to eliminate all investments by the sovereign wealth fund in coal companies. As alarm grows over India’s worsening air quality, a new Greenpeace India analysis demonstrating coal’s role is likely to increase pressure on the Indian Government to enforce new pollution control standards. However, holdouts in the global switch to renewables remain with Vietnam cutting – but not substantially backing away from – its big coal building plans. A new report also reveals major G7 countries Japan and Germany continue to finance new international coal projects even though the coal-booster consultancy Wood Mackenzie has finally conceded thermal coal’s boom days are over. To cap the week off, the CEO of Murray Energy summed up the glum mood in the US coal industry by concluding “I don’t think it will be a thriving industry ever again.”
Vietnam needs a 21st century electricity plan
While Vietnam has the potential to rapidly increase its solar, wind and non-hydro renewables capacity, the country’s current Power Development Plan remains very coal-centric, writes Nguy Thi Khanh in RenewEconomy.
Coal-fuelled ‘airpocalypse’ is not the future Indonesians want
The ‘airpocalypse’ crisis in China and the worsening air pollution in India should serve as a warning that Indonesia should avoid embracing coal power plants, writes Hindun Mulaika from Greenpeace Indonesia in the Jakarta Post.Read More