More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide

More than 1,000 coal-fired power plants are being planned worldwide, new research has revealed.

The huge planned expansion comes despite warnings from politicians, scientists and campaigners that the planet’s fast-rising carbon emissionsmust peak within a few years if runaway climate change is to be avoided and that fossil fuel assets risk becoming worthless if international action on global warming moves forward.

Coal plants are the most polluting of all power stations and the World Resources Institute (WRI) identified 1,200 coal plants in planning across 59 countries, with about three-quarters in China and India. The capacity of the new plants add up to 1,400GW to global greenhouse gas emissions, the equivalent of adding another China – the world’s biggest emitter. India is planning 455 new plants compared to 363 in China, which is seeing a slowdown in its coal investments after a vast building programme in the past decade.

The WRI report also found that, after a slight dip during the economic troubles of 2008, the global coal trade has rebounded and rose by 13% in 2010. A structural shift has moved the bulk of the international coal trade from the Atlantic, serving Europe and the US, to the Pacific. China became a net importer of coal in 2009 but the biggest changes are fast-rising imports by Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, which all have large numbers of coal-fired plants but produce virtually no coal of their own.

However, Germany, the UK and France remain in the top 10 importers, and coal use rose 4% in 2011 in Europe as prices fell and plants due to close under clean air rules use up their allotted running hours. Indonesia and Australia are the largest coal exporters, with the latter planning to triple its mine and port capacity to almost 1bn tonnes a year.

Many developing countries, such as Guatemala, Cambodia, Morocco, Namibia, Senegal and Sri Lanka, and Uzbekistan, are planning new coal-fired plants even when they produce almost no coal at all. “There is a long way to go to raise awareness that you can meet energy needs from sources other than coal,” said Yang.


yeah..the world is moving right away from using coal??..thats what my government and the greens tell me every day.. pity it doesnt match up with reality.. smart countries will not tie themselves to targets and condition that impact on their population..the fools do..


~ by seeker401 on November 27, 2012.

3 Responses to “More than 1,000 new coal plants planned worldwide”

  1. Reblogged this on Johnsono ne'Blog'as and commented:
    Govt. and Greens claims at cross roads with reality. Vyriausybių ir “žaliųjų” plepalai prasilenkia su realybe.

  2. Hi I would like to tell your engeneers to cinsider using a salt for a coolant in those new 1000 plants. It seems that these plants are grossly ineficient since alot of heat is lost when cooling the steam starts. If you used salt primary loop to heat secondary loop of a gas like freon that can be expanded and comressed into liquid to drive the generators. Third loop can be used for making O2 and H Hidrogen can be used for fuel and O2 can be pumped into atmosphere to regenerate depleating reserves in the atmosphere.
    We are using O2 faster than the planet can make it. Also the acidic rain that falls into the ocean is killing the fido plankton which producess 3/4 of the O2 on the planet,
    Please consider this note and pass it on to your planning and engineering deparments.
    We all will suffocate especialy those closer to sea level since CO2 is heavier than O2.
    Thank you

    • thanks miro but its way over my head..

      “We are using O2 faster than the planet can make it.”

      is that correct?

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