Air quality, health and toxics impacts of coal power and coal mining in Coahuila, Mexico

The Carbón 1 & 2 power plants, with a combined capacity of 2,600 megawatts
(MW), in Coahuila, North Mexico, constitute the largest coal-burning facility and
one of the largest air pollutant emissions hotspots in the country. Now, plans for a
new 1,400 MW coal power plant in the region have been announced.

The air pollutant emissions from the plants expose an estimated 530,000 people to exceedances of the World Health Organization guideline for 24-hour average SO2 concentrations, and 230,000 people to exceedances of the guidelines for 24-hour average PM2.5 concentrations.

In the future, the emissions from the operating power plants and mines will
contribute to a projected cumulative total of 5,900 deaths from air pollution (95%
confidence interval: 3,300–8,400), assuming a 50-year operating life. With the
addition of the proposed power plant, this would increase to 9,400 deaths (5,300–

You can find the study in Spanish on the website of Iniciativa Climática de México, or click here to download it directly.

You can also download the report in English from the link below.

Lauri Myllyvirta, Lead Analyst

Partners: Iniciativa Climática de México A.C

Mexico, North America