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IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

IEEFA Pakistan: Coal gasification and liquefaction harmful to economy

There is no second life for coal

6 May 2021 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan’s intention to use coal for power production through gasification and liquefaction technologies is likely to cause harmful economic impacts and a subsequent increased reliance on fossil fuels in Pakistan, finds a new report by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). Pakistan’s intention to explore a second […]

IEEFA Japan: ¥26 billion loss on Australian coal power plant raises questions for Sumitomo and its investors

Sumitomo’s coal policies are lagging its trading house peers and the Japanese government

23 November 2020 (IEEFA Japan): As the government of Japan’s energy policy shifts significantly and Japanese trading houses exit coal projects overseas, Sumitomo Corporation continues to develop coal power projects and has seen its thermal coal output grow according to a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The report, […]

IEEFA: Pakistan’s new 27-year power plan risks locking in long-term overcapacity, leaving imported coal and LNG plants stranded

IEEFA: Pakistan’s new 27-year power plan risks locking in long-term overcapacity, leaving imported coal and LNG plants stranded

Wind and solar, the country’s cheapest source of new generation, also overlooked

3 September 2020 (IEEFA Pakistan): Pakistan risks locking itself into building more power capacity than it needs as a result of over-optimistic energy demand growth forecasts that do not take into account the impact of COVID-19, according to a new IEEFA report. Pakistan’s state-owned National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) published its latest long-term power […]

IEEFA report: Transition planning a must as South Africa’s export markets pivot away from thermal coal

New energy technology replacing coal-fired power faster than predicted

16 September 2019 (IEEFA South Africa) ‒ South African coal exports are approaching long-term decline, finds a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) out today. Author of the report Simon Nicholas, energy finance analyst with IEEFA, says the sector needs to come to terms with the prospect of fading […]

IEEFA update: South Korea takes further steps away from thermal coal

Implications for Australian coal exports and the Bylong Coal mine proposal

(IEEFA Australia) – The South Korean Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy has tabled a new draft energy master plan that increases the nation’s ambition to move away from coal and towards renewable energy, according to a briefing note released today by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA). The briefing note, South Korea Shifting […]

IEEFA Japan: Marubeni’s coal exit announcement a good first step but increased commitment needed

Investors still exposed to risk as Marubeni fails to swiftly adapt to changing energy technologies

March 12, 2019 (IEEFA Japan) – Despite announcing a coal exit, Japanese conglomerate Marubeni still has around twelve gigawatts of coal-fired power proposals in development, exposing investors to continued risk as the world moves away from coal. A new briefing note by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), ‘Marubeni Update: Continuing Coal-fired […]

IEEFA Global: A $51 Billion Gap (and a $51 Billion Opportunity) in BRICS Nations’ Renewable Energy Development

How to Meet the Goal? Through "Blended Finance" Where Public Funds Unleash Private Money

Here, in one chart, is an IEEFA picture worth a thousand words. While some $130 billion was invested last year in renewable-energy development in the BRICS countries—Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa—billions more are required if these countries are to meet their commitments to climate-change mitigation policies. The four countries, in all, have announced […]

October 17, 2016 Read More →

Coal Won’t Solve the Energy Poverty Problem

Times Have Changed; Old Electricity-Generation Models Don’t Work Anymore

Coal-fired electricity is no longer the economy builder its proponents say it is. Time was when coal in fact did contribute to growth in many economies, but times have changed. Today governments and private interests worldwide concede—even emphasize—the economic and environmental dysfunction of coal. We’ve just published an IEEFA Briefing Note (“Energy Poverty, Then and […]

March 3, 2016 Read More →

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Biggest South Africa cement maker plans net-zero by 2050

Bloomberg ($): PPC Ltd., the biggest South African cement maker, has set a target of attaining net zero emissions by 2050. The company aims to cut emissions by 10% by 2025 and 27% by 2030, it said in its inaugural climate change report on Monday. PPC produces a total of 11.6 million tons of cement […]

December 1, 2021 Read More →

South African government sued over plan to build new coal plants

Bloomberg ($): South Africa’s energy regulator and energy minister have been sued by environmental activists over national plans to allow the construction of new coal-fired power plants.  “New coal-fired power flies in the face of our constitutional right to an environment not harmful to health and wellbeing, not only for the present generations but for […]

November 17, 2021 Read More →

African Development Bank to help fund battery storage project in South Africa

Energy Storage News: A US$57.67 million loan towards the development cost of large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) projects will be made to South Africa’s public electricity utility Eskom by the African Development Bank. The bank’s board of directors said last week that the loan has been approved, assisting the development of 200MW of four-hour […]

November 8, 2021 Read More →

More than 40 countries agree to phase out coal-fired power

The Guardian: More than 40 countries have agreed to phase out their use of coal-fired power, the dirtiest fuel source, in a boost to UK hopes of a deal to “keep 1.5C alive”, from the Cop26 climate summit. Major coal-using countries, including Canada, Poland, Ukraine and Vietnam, will phase out their use of coal for […]

November 4, 2021 Read More →

Wealthy nations to provide $8.5 billion for South Africa carbon targets

PV Magazine: South Africa‘s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, announced today that France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United State will provide $8.5 billion in funds to help the country achieve the new carbon emission targets that were presented in the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) brought to the COP26 conference in Glasgow, UK. “The highly concessional […]

November 3, 2021 Read More →

Burundi completes construction of nation’s first large-scale solar farm

PV Magazine: Burundi-based renewable energy company Gigawatt Global Coöperatief U.A. has announced the completion of the country’s first large-scale PV plant – a 7.5 MW installation under development since 2015 and for which construction works were announced in 2017. The project was financed by South Africa-based equity investor Inspired Evolution, the U.K. government-funded Renewable Energy […]

October 26, 2021 Read More →

Eskom signs deal with Exxaro and Seriti to add solar to mines

PV-Tech: South African public utility Eskom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with mining companies Exxaro and Seriti Resources to help decarbonise their operations by deploying solar PV. Announced today (25 October), the first phase of the agreement will see the construction of off-grid and wheeled solar solutions both at the mines and at […]

October 25, 2021 Read More →

Solar investments produce 2.7 times more jobs than fossil fuel work

Huffington Post: As Congress debates whether to pare down the Biden administration’s signature climate proposals or allow the fossil fuel industry to benefit more from new government programs, new research suggests doing so would create far fewer jobs. For every million dollars the United States government invests, solar produces over 2.7 times more jobs than […]

October 18, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA: Spiking coal prices: Don’t blame the energy transition

Volatility highlights urgency for renewables-based energy solutions

“Energy crisis.” The phrase evokes nearly-forgotten images of gasoline queues in the 1970s, but increasingly describes the spike in global fossil fuel prices. A handful of commenters eagerly lay the blame on renewable energy, which they claim has distracted the world’s attention from investments in oil, gas, and coal production that could have calmed markets. […]

China foreign coal financing halt could scratch $50 billion investment

Reuters: China’s pledge to stop building coal-fired power plants overseas could cull $50 billion of investment as it slashes future carbon emissions, analysts said, although Beijing’s own domestic coal programme is still propping up the dirty fossil fuel. Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a pre-recorded address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday […]

September 22, 2021 Read More →