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India enters an unnecessary coal plant permitting spree in 2023

In 2023, India’s power companies and the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change’s Expert Appraisal Committee have ushered in a new coal permitting spree, …

China’s steel sector invests USD 100 billion in coal-based steel plants, despite low profitability, overcapacity and carbon commitments

China currently produces more than 1 billion tons of crude steel annually, which is more than half of the world’s steel production. The dominance of …

Health benefits of Just Energy Transition and coal phase-out in Indonesia

Indonesia relies on coal-fired power for 62.5% of its electricity generation. This reliance comes with significant impacts on the country’s air quality and public health, …

The Inconsistent “Coal-Free Pledge” of Korea’s National Pension Service

An analysis on the air pollution and health damage caused by the NPS’ coal investment Among fossil fuels, coal is one of the main culprits …

Air quality impacts of the New Largo coal mine

Air pollution is a major threat to the health of humans and ecosystems worldwide. Particulate matter (PM2.5) in particular is a deadly air pollutant with …

Resolving near-term power shortages in China from an economic perspective

2021 and 2022 saw several provinces in China experience power shortages. As a result, many provincial governments decided to approve and build large amounts of …

Renewables helped the EU save 14% of gas in underground gas storages

Increases in renewable electricity generation helped EU countries to boost underground gas storage levels by 14 percentage points from the beginning of January 2022 until …

Russia’s oil revenue rebounds in March–April as price cap enforcement and review are failing

Russia’s oil revenues have rebounded in March–April from levels reached in January–February 2023, rising to the highest level since November, even as the G7 leaders …

Air quality implications of coal-ammonia co-firing

Japan is currently gearing up to begin replacing coal with ammonia (NH3) as an alternative to burning coal as the burning itself does not emit …

The Laundromat: How the price cap coalition whitewashes Russian oil in third countries

Western countries that have largely banned the imports of oil from Russia imported EUR 42 billion worth of oil products from countries that have increased …

Upgrading Europe’s air : How a strong Industrial Emissions Directive can save lives and money

Although portrayed as a global leader in environmental protection, Europe’s industrial pollution regulation has been eroded through the adoption of weak standards, loopholes and a …

Opportunities and challenges of flexibility technologies for achieving a net-zero electricity future in China

China’s impressive growth of renewable energy (RE) generation and rapid increase in summertime electric peak loads has created a need for a more flexible electricity …

Air quality, health, and economic impacts of a new coal mine and power plant in Lephalale

Lephalale Coal Mine (Pty) Ltd (LCM) plans to develop a new coal mine and independent power plant (IPP) in Lephalale, in the Limpopo Province of …

Ambiguities versus ambition: A review of Indonesia’s energy transition policy

Indonesia’s current power status shows that the country derives half of its electricity from coal-fired power plants (CFPP). The overwhelming additions of capital-intensive fossil fuels …

Status assessment of graded response action plan implementation in the Indo-Gangetic Plain

Every winter, New Delhi’s Air Quality Index (AQI) becomes a central talking point amongst mainstream media, policymakers, and on social media. However, the issue of …

Potential health impacts of bypassing SO2 controls at Kusile, South Africa

The Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air (CREA) has released a briefing note on the health impacts of allowing three units at the …

China permits two new coal power plants per week in 2022

Coal power plant permitting, construction starts and new project announcements accelerated dramatically in China in 2022, with new permits reaching the highest level since 2015. …

One year on, who is funding Russia’s war in Ukraine?

Russia’s illegal and brutal full-scale invasion of Ukraine started one year ago. Russia’s fossil fuel revenues have continued to enable the war even though they …

The toll of fossil fuel air pollution: A case for clean transportation

On 14 February 2023, the European Parliament voted to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel CO2-emitting cars as of 2035, making headway in …

Estimating the Health & Economic Cost of Air Pollution in the Philippines

In the Philippines, air pollution is the third highest risk factor driving death and disability due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and is also the leading …

Health impacts of Eskom’s non-compliance with minimum emissions standards

South Africa’s Minimum Emissions Standards (MES) for combustion installations were issued in 2010, with a phased introduction where existing sources had to meet a more …

Curing Chronic Coal – Poland

Polish energy generation is heavily dependent on the burning of coal, with over 70% of power generated by coal plants. As the Polish government is …

EU oil ban and price cap are costing Russia EUR 160 mn/day, but further measures can multiply the impact

As the sanctions and the costs of the invasion of Ukraine take their toll on Russia’s economy, the country is more dependent than ever on …

Tracing the Hazy Air 2023
Progress Report on National Clean Air Programme (NCAP)

The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) was launched in 2019 as a dynamic document focused around formulating and renewing action plans for combating particulate matter …

Curing Chronic Coal

The Western Balkan region is notorious for old and highly polluting coal power plants. The Health and Environment Alliance (HEAL) 2019 report on chronic coal …

Emission Watch – Status assessment of SO₂ emissions and FGD installation for coal-based power plants in West Bengal

Seven years after the December 2015 emission standard notification for coal-based power stations, not one single power station in West Bengal has installed technology to …