Tata Mustasya, Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Regional Climate and Energy Campaign Coordinator, said:
“If it’s not good enough for Japan, it’s not good enough for Indonesia. Governments in the host countries of Japan’s coal projects must protect their citizens by setting stronger emission standards and rapidly transitioning away from coal to clean and renewable energy. This change in policies and investments has to happen now, for human and environmental health, and to safeguard the future of our planet.”
Greenpeace demands that both Japan and countries receiving Japanese coal financing shift immediately away from coal and toward clean renewable energy sources. This is the only way to avoid the severe health impacts of coal emissions, including hundreds of thousands of premature deaths. Furthermore, this shift is crucial to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Greenpeace Southeast Asia and Greenpeace Japan analysis found from the modeling:
– Japanese-financed coal power plants overseas emit, up to 13 times more nitrogen oxides (NOx), 33 times more sulfur dioxide (SO2) and 40 times more dust pollution than those plants built in Japan.
– Approx. 3.3 million people would be exposed to dangerous sulfur dioxide (SO2) levels from the emissions of the power plants, when operated to local emission limits.
– The most premature deaths due to Japanese investments are projected to occur in India (160,000) and Indonesia (72,000), followed by Vietnam (36,000) and Bangladesh (14,000) over the 30 years of coal power plant operationsdue to long-term exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2) pollution.