Environmental organisations have increasingly criticised coal as a major problem (photo: dpa)

Coal ban could backfire on West and impact developing economies

An international movement to stop using all fossil fuels is gathering pace particularly in Europe and the United States. But coal-fired power stations are an essential part of the mix to provide energy to large parts of the globe and play an active part in their economic and social development.

<i>A growing worldwide movement is demanding an end to all support for fossil fuel projects, more climate-friendly business models and more investment in renewable sources of energy. Its present focus is primarily directed against coal projects, including an end to all US and European financial support for coal power plants technology exports. But these views ignore the role of coal in ...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
China is still set to emit 50 per cent more emissions by 2030 even after its GDP and industrial growth have slowed and moved towards less polluting services
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