Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions

RWE Brown Coal Power Plant NiederaussemBraunkohle Kraftwerk Niederaussem. © Greenpeace

RWE Brown Coal Power Plant NiederaussemBraunkohle Kraftwerk Niederaussem. © Greenpeace

Environmental Research Letters, 2014
The world not only continues to build new coal-fired power plants, but built more new coal plants in the past decade than in any previous decade. This paper documents the rapid growth of coal and gas plants over the past decade and argues for the need for the full up-front accounting for lifetime emissions of electrical plants at the time that decisions are being made.

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