NGOs applaud environment minister for expressing concerns about coal power project in Vietnam
At a press conference on January 21, 2020, Japan’s Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi pointed out that the use of public funds for the Vung Ang 2 coal-fired power generation project in Vietnam was inconsistent with policies of the Japanese government.
Minister Koizumi, Can You Hear Us? NOW is the Time to Act.
The 25th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP25) is being held between Dec 2nd and Dec 13th in Madrid, Spain. During the COP25, Japan has got international criticisms on its coal finance.
Final Call? Sayonara Coal Again
While government representatives are negotiating how to tackle the climate crisis at COP, voices protesting Japan’s support for coal-fired power generation resonated outside the venue. Japan’s support for coal has been criticized at major international conferences such as COP, particularly amongst developing country members affected by the climate crisis.
Coalition Launches Provocative Financial Times Ad Urging Japanese Prime Minister Abe To Win Gold, Lose Coal
The No Coal Japan coalition published a provocative ad in the Financial Times (Asia edition) featuring a caricature of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed in a running tank top with a “coal medal” hanging around his neck. The ad reads, “We are in a race against catastrophic climate change,” and urges Prime Minister Abe to win the race by ending support for coal-fired power plants.
66 provisions of non-compliance with international CSR standards in Cirebon coal-fired power project, Indonesia, along with issues on corruption
Japanese NGOs jointly published a case study report “Indonesian Coal-fired Power Exposed to Corruption ? Cirebon coal-fired power project: problems on environment, human rights, and corruption, and banks’ non-compliance with international norms.” The report revealed that 43 non-compliances with the Equator Principles and IFC Performance Standards, 13 with the UN Global Compact, and 10 with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.