Coal India, the largest coal mining company in the world, has announced it will close 37 mines because they are no longer economically viable. That’s around 9 per cent of the state-run firm’s mines.
- The government has announced it will not build any more coal plants after 2022 and predicts renewables will generate 57 per cent of its power by 2027 – a pledge far outstripping its commitment in the Paris climate change agreement.
- Plans for nearly 14 gigawatts of coal-fired power stations – about the same as the total amount in the UK – were scrapped in May, signalling a seismic shift in the India’s energy market.
2. Germany’s renewables mainly replace nuclear
Fossil-lovers in parliament responding to the Finkel Review have been saying that India is building coal-fired power stations like crazy, and even Germany is building new coal-fired power stations. That turns out to be true, but no new coal-fired power stations have been approved since 2009. They take a while to build.
Carbon Brief took a look at Germany’s Energiewende last September.
Here’s how the electricity generation has been changing:
They are looking for 40-45% of electricity to come from renewables by 2025, which would mean slower growth in green energy than in recent years.
While renewables are replacing nuclear in the first instance, after the irrational decision to close all nukes by 2022 after Fukushima, some coal has been closed and eight lignite plants are to be mothballed by 2020, plus seven coal plants totalling 1GW and six gas stations of another 0.9GW are planning to close before 2020.
Electricity consumption is not increasing and a big problem is that renewables, commodity prices and overcapacity are pushing the cost of wholesale electricity down by two-thirds in five years.
In a workshop at the UN climate negotiations in Bonn on how non-party actors can boost climate action, Australia shamelessly supported business and fossil fuel interests in the discussion on the development of conflict of interest policy for UN climate negotiations:
- Corporate Accountability International spokesperson International Policy Director Tamar Lawrence-Samuel had this to say in the press briefing:
“One of the most notable interventions came from Australia, who laid across the tracks, so to speak, to defend Exxon-Mobil by insisting that the very solutions to climate change would come from the very industries driving the climate crisis, making them the key to the solutions for climate change…
Australia is becoming more than a joke on climate change. We are now seen as actively obstructive.
Nothing more to say, really. I’m sure the CEO of Santos would line up to give the UN a hand in dealing with climate change.
- It’s official. The Great Barrier Reef cannot be saved.
The prognosis comes from the Australian government’s Reef 2050 advisory committee, made up of experts and scientists responsible for managing the reef’s future.
Sorry about that, I truly am.
UNESCO have found that keeping temperatures to a 1.5°C increase is essential to saving the Reef.
- The Unesco report found that local efforts to increase reefs’ resilience “remain necessary but are no longer sufficient” without complementary national and international efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels…
A new Deloitte Access Economics report that calculates the Reef is worth $56 billion, or $6.4 billion to the Australian economy every year.
The Reef is linked to 64,000 jobs nationally. For perspective National Australia Bank creates 34,000 direct jobs, Telstra 33,000 and Qantas 26,000.
- Great Barrier Reef Foundation director Steve Sargent said no other Australian asset contributed as much value to “Brand Australia”.
Numbers can’t do justice to the value of the Great Barrier Reef. If experts say it can’t be saved, what should our attitude be?
The experts say the real answer to stop coral bleaching lies in reducing our CO2 emissions to stay within the 1.5°C barrier.
I’m sorry, but it is clear that is not enough. The climate is already dangerous. World-wide coral bleaching is not the only climate change hot spot. James Hansen was right in 2007 when he said that we needed CO2 levels down to 350 ppm.