Massive decline in new coal power plants as India and China move to cleaner sources | GBRI
 

The number of coal fired power plants are on a steady decline world over. It is reported that their number has fallen by nearly two-thirds last year. This has prompted campaigners to claim the polluting fossil fuel is in free-fall.

This drastic decrease in new coal-fired units is being attributed to the move towards cleaner energy in China and India. China is turning its back on coal-fired power plants to clean up air pollution, curtailing planned new units and encouraging cleaner energy. In India, too, there is a falling demand for coal power owing to the high pollution problems.

A report by Greenpeace, the US-based Sierra Club and research network CoalSwarm, said the amount of new capacity starting construction was down 62% in 2016 on the year before, and work was frozen at more than a hundred sites in China and India. One of the reasons for the fall in new plants was that too much capacity had been built in recent years, particularly in China.

Read full news here: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/mar/22/coal-power-plants-green-energy-china-india

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