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Briefing note: The Outlook for Financing for Australia’s Galilee Basin Coal Proposals

Briefing note: The Outlook for Financing for Australia’s Galilee Basin Coal Proposals

Briefing note: The outlook for financing for Australia’s Galilee Basin coal proposals By: Tom Sanzillo, IEEFA Director of Finance

October 22, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk, July 2014

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk, July 2014

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk,  July 2014 (pdf) By Tim Buckley, Director of Energy Finance Studies, Australasia, IEEFA

July 21, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk

Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk

 Briefing note: Fossil fuels, energy transition & risk (pdf)

June 5, 2014 Read More →
Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook

Briefing note: Thermal coal outlook (pdf) By Tim Buckley,  Director of Energy Resource Studies, Australasia, IEEFA  

May 15, 2014 Read More →

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IEEFA Asia: More Evidence of Stark Change in Seaborne Thermal Coal Markets

A ‘JKT’ Triad—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan—Sets a 21st Century Course for Clean Energy; Expect Further Transformation in the Next Year or Two

Word out today that Taiwan has attracted $60 billion in foreign capital commitments to renewable-energy projects adds to the fast-gathering momentum around the electricity sector transition taking deep root across Asia. An excerpt from the article posted this afternoon by Nikkei Asia Review: Global renewable energy companies are rushing to set up offshore wind farms […]

May 30, 2017 Read More →
IEEFA Asia: South Korea’s Policy Shift Stands to Have an Out-Size Impact on Indonesian Coal Companies

IEEFA Asia: South Korea’s Policy Shift Stands to Have an Out-Size Impact on Indonesian Coal Companies

A Potential Blow to Pricing at a Time When Distressed Exporters Are Banking Heavily on New Growth

Moon Jae-in’s recent election as president of South Korea raises potentially serious ramifications for Indonesia’s coal exporters. Faced with growing unrest from an urban population affected by high levels of air pollution, Moon has promised to re-assess the construction of new coal power plants, close older ones and dramatically ramp up the country’s renewable energy […]

IEEFA Asia: Moon Jae-In’s Ascension in Seoul Is Another Blow to Asia’s Coal Industry

Policy Shift Stands to Halve the Long-Term Growth Rate of South Korean Coal Imports

Moon Jae-In’s election yesterday as president of South Korea holds potentially significant ramifications for global seaborne thermal coal markets. South Korea is Asia’s fourth-largest economy and the fourth-largest importer of coal globally, accounting for over 10 percent of world thermal coal import demand. As the only remaining growth market of significant size, it has long […]

May 10, 2017 Read More →

Global Rate of New Coal-Plant Construction Drops

Associated Press: Led by cutbacks in China and India, construction of new coal-fired power plants is falling worldwide, improving chances climate goals can be met despite earlier pessimism, three environmental groups said Wednesday. A joint report by the groups CoalSwarm, the Sierra Club and Greenpeace follows a warning this week by two international agencies that […]

March 22, 2017 Read More →

Pipeline for Coal-Fired Plants Is in ‘Freefall’

The Guardian: The dramatic decline in new coal-fired units was overwhelmingly due to policy shifts in China and India and subsequent declining investment prospects, according to a report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club and research network CoalSwarm. The report said the amount of new capacity starting construction was down 62% in 2016 on the […]

March 22, 2017 Read More →

On the Blogs: Signs of Resistance to S. Korea Plans for Coal Expansion

Bob for CoalWire: South Korea pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 37% by 2030 compared it its business-as-usual estimates. However, building the proposed coal plants and extending the life of existing old plants will make honouring that commitment impossible. Writing in the South Korean news site The Hankyoreh, Kim Jeong-su noted “this means that, […]

August 5, 2016 Read More →

South Korea to Close 10 Coal-Fired Plants by 2025

Jane Chung for Reuters: South Korea plans to shut 10 ageing coal-fired power plants by 2025, as Asia’s fourth-largest economy seeks to cut its reliance on dirtier fuels after a pledge at last year’s Paris climate summit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Coal accounts for 40 percent of South Korea’s electricity supplies, but in a […]

July 8, 2016 Read More →

South Korea Weighs Shift From Coal-Fired Power

Seerat Chabba for the International Business Times: The South Korean government announced Wednesday that the country was considering closing aged coal-fired power plants in a bid to curb fine dust emissions. The move comes in light of worsening air pollution. The Office for Government Policy Coordination under the Prime Minister’s Office has been preparing a […]

June 2, 2016 Read More →
Global Coal Consumption: Down an Additional 2-4% in 2015

Global Coal Consumption: Down an Additional 2-4% in 2015

Changes in China Are Driving a Structural Shift in International Markets

We’ve just posted a new research brief that describes how global thermal coal consumption will most likely fall by an additional 2 percent to 4 percent this year after peaking in 2013. It’s a remarkable shift driven by declining consumption in the biggest coal-burning countries, China especially. Our research shows specifically that China’s rate of […]

November 15, 2015 Read More →

Global Coal Markets: When Does a Seasonal Trend Become a Structural Decline?

China Is Losing Its Appetite for Imports; India Is About to

The latest data out of China is worth talking about even if it sounds like we’re repeating a story from last month. The country’s coal imports were down 41 percent year-on-year again in May, and coal imports this year are now down 44 percent year compared to 2014. So coal imports into China—the world’s recent former […]

July 1, 2015 Read More →