True Cost of Coal in the Philippines (Volume 1)
Greenpeace Southeast Asia 2014
In the Philippines, 13 power plants currently burn coal to produce electricity. Rather than embracing clean renewable technology, the Philippines government plans to bring in another 45 power plants giving the industry the license to kill for decades. The True Cost of Coal (Volume 1) is part of a three-series comprehensive research on the external costs of coal in the Philippines. Operating 45 new coal-fired power plants could increase the Philippines’ CO2 emissions to 64.4-79.8 MtCO2 a year. Moreover, building new coal-fired power plants would undermine the Philippines’ role in any international agreements to tackle climate change. By embracing coal, the Philippines loses its credibility in fighting for a good climate change treaty.