The total value of energy subsidies from central government has declined substantially between the financial years 2014 and 2016, from INR 2,16,408 crore (USD 35.8 billion) to INR 1,33,841 crore (USD 20.4 billion).
This report documents the experience of fenceline communities and workers and people’s struggles for clean air to breathe. It also reports on the slow and partial responses to this growing environmental health crisis by a reluctant regulator.
Eskom’s coal addiction is causing health problems and killing people in the Highveld. These were the findings of groundWork’s report; Destruction of the Highveld: Part 2. The research follows coal struggles faced by those who live and work in the Highveld.
Earlier this week a much-anticipated (in the climate and health world, at least) report was released from the Lancet Countdown on Health and Climate Change, entitled, “From 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health.”
There’s quite a lot of information contained in it, so in an effort to provide a quicker read and disseminate it more widely, we’ve just compiled some of the highlights related to energy (particularly coal) and health, and the role of the health sector in supporting the healthy energy transition.
Current energy policies in the Philippines pass on the costs of coal risk to consumers, who are forced to shoulder higher electricity bills as a result, notes the report, which shows how adding renewables to electricity systems erode the utilization rates of coal power because cleaner energy has become the least-cost option in many areas.