5 African countries have always planned coal-fired power plants despite the global impetus for “no new coal”



5 African countries have always planned coal-fired power plants despite the global impetus for “no new coal”

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The report identifies forty economies that could immediately commit to the “No New Coal”

LONDON, UK, October 13, 2021 / APO Group / –

New analysis ( shows that the global pipeline of new coal-fired power projects is shrinking rapidly as momentum builds for “No New Coal” beyond 2021. Five African nations – Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa and Zimbabwe – are part of a minority group of just 21 countries that have more than one new coal-fired power plant in the planning stages.

The five African countries all have projects seeking funding from China, which now faces an uncertain future following China’s recent announcement that it will end support for overseas coal projects.

African countries are well placed to commit to “No New Coal”: there are only four coal-fired power plants under construction on the continent, in South Africa and Zimbabwe, and only three have become operational since 2015.

The “No New Coal Factbook” ( published by think tanks Ember, E3G and Global Energy Monitor, provides the status of each coal mining country in the world that has not yet confirmed that ‘He will no longer build coal-fired power plants. The International Energy Agency has said no new coal-fired power plants should be approved beyond 2021 to limit global heating to 1.5 ° C.

The report identifies forty economies that could immediately commit to “No New Coal”. Thirty-six of them have no projects in development or under construction, including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Guinea, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan and Zambia.

16 other economies have only one coal power plant proposal and could easily embark on any new coal project, including Djibouti, eSwatini, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Madagascar, Morocco, Niger and Tanzania.

The report comes as seven governments, including Sri Lanka, Chile and Germany, announced ( a “No New Coal Power Compact” at the UNGA on September 24, inviting more countries to join the pledge ahead of the COP26 Climate Summit in November.

A recent report ( from E3G, Ember and GEM showed how the global pipeline of proposed coal-fired power plants has collapsed 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015. Since 2015 , 44 governments have already formally committed not to build any new coal-fired power plants, especially in Angola, Ethiopia and Senegal.

United Nations Secretary-General Guterres has called for “no new coal by 2021”, while COP President-designate Alok Sharma called for COP26 in November 2021 to “put coal in the pipeline. ‘story”.

With China’s recent announcement that it will no longer build overseas coal-fired power projects, following similar pledges made earlier this year by Japan and South Korea, the pipeline’s cancellation Global pre-construction coal project will undoubtedly accelerate. Twenty-four countries were seeking Chinese support for new coal-fired power plants and the announcement opens the door to canceling those projects and prioritizing clean energy.

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