The EU’s move away from polluting coal power and towards renewable energy could be at risk due to a focus on unworkable and unproven “clean coal” technologies, NGOs are warning. The warning comes ahead of the first meetings today and tomorrow of the EU Platform for Coal Regions in Transition, which aims to “leave no region behind” in the shift away from fossil fuels. The NGOs are pleased that the European Commission finally realises coal must go and wants to help this happen in a fair and sustainable way across Europe. However, the meeting’s part focus on “advanced coal technologies” – industry spin for “Slightly Lower Intensity, More Expensive” plants – is a worrying sign that the Platform’s crucial goals could be sidetracked by the fallacy of “clean coal”.
WWF 26th Feb 2018 read more »
The world is heading for a shortage of liquefied natural gas that could push up prices, with $200 billion of investment needed in new plants by 2030 to meet demand, Royal Dutch Shell has forecast. The energy group believes that a supply shortfall could emerge, with new projects stalling because of difficulties in financing them.
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