Comply or Close – How Western Balkan coal plants breach air pollution laws and cause deaths and what governments must do about it

For the past three years, new air pollution standards should have brought reductions in harmful emissions from coal plants across the Western Balkans. But in 2020, sulphur dioxide emissions from coal power plants across the region still flagrantly breached these legal limits.

In 2018 and 2019, coal plants that were included in the National Emissions Reductions Plans (NERPs) emitted around six times as much sulphur dioxide (SO2) as allowed, but in 2020 they emitted 6.4 times as much.

Moreover, in 2020 the total SO2 emissions from coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans were 2.5 times as high as those from all coal plants in the EU.

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Find the podcast discussion with CREA, the Centre for Ecology and Energy and partner CEE Bankwatch here.

Lauri Myllyvirta, Lead Analyst, Erika Uusivuori, Researcher

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Bosnia and Herzegovina, Europe, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Serbia, Western Balkans