climate, cop26, climate change
Globally, there are more than 2,400 coal-fired power plants operating in 79 countries, with a total capacity of 2,100 gigawatts.

The number of coal-fired power plants in the pipeline worldwide declined in 2021, according to research released Tuesday, but the fossil fuel most responsible for global warming still generated record CO2 emissions, threatening Paris climate goals.

Since the 195-nation treaty was inked in 2015, coal power capacity under construction or slated for development has dropped by three-quarters, including a 13-percent year-on-year decrease in 2021 to 457 gigawatts (GW).

Globally, there are more than 2,400 coal-fired power plants operating in 79 countries, with a total capacity of 2,100 GW.

A record-low 34 countries have new coal plants under consideration, down from 41 in January 2021, according to the annual Global Energy Monitor report, Tracking the Global Coal Plant Pipeline.

China, Japan and South Korea—all historical backers of coal development outside their borders—have pledged to stop funding new coal plants in other countries, though there remain concerns about possible loopholes in China’s commitment.

And yet the worldwide operational fleet of coal-fired power grew in 2021 by 18 GW, and as of December an additional 176 GW of coal capacity was under construction—about the same as the year before.

Most of that growth is in China, which accounts for just over half of new coal-fired power in the pipeline. South and Southeast Asia are responsible for another 37 percent.

Three-quarters of the new coal power plants that broke ground last year were in China, where newly commissioned capacity offset coal plant retirements in all other nations combined.

climate, cop26, climate change
The world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter, China has vowed to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2060.

Coal-free

“The coal plant pipeline is shrinking, but there is simply no carbon budget left to be building new coal plants,” said Flora Champenois of Global Energy Monitor. “We need to stop, now.”

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the International Energy Agency have warned that having a fighting chance of capping global warming at liveable levels means no new coal plants and a rapid phase-out of existing ones.

Rich countries must do so by 2030 and most of the rest of the world by 2040, they said.

Many emerging economies—India, Vietnam, Bangladesh—have cut back on plans for new coal-fired capacity.

“In China, plans for new coal-fired power plants have continued to be announced,” said Lauri Myllyvirta, lead analyst for the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air and a co-author of the report.

By far the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, China has vowed to peak carbon emissions by 2030 and become carbon-neutral by 2060.

In the United States, efforts to curtail coal use have slowed, the report showed.

The amount of US coal capacity retired in 2021 declined for the second year in a row, from 16.1 GW in 2019, to 11.6 GW in 2020, to an estimated 6.4 to 9.0 GW last year.

To meet its own climate goals, the United States would need to retire 25 GW annually between now and 2030.

The European Union retired a record 12.9 GW in 2021, including 5.8 GW in Germany, 1.7 GW in Spain and 1.9 GW in Portugal, which became coal-free in November 2021—nine years before its target phase-out date.

© 2022 AFP

Citation: Coal still top threat to global climate goals: report (2022, April 26) retrieved 26 April 2022 from https://phys.org/news/2022-04-coal-threat-global-climate-goals.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.

TECH NEWS RELATED

(Yonhap Interview) Talent, gov't support are key to chip industry's success: professor

By Woo Jae-yeon SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) — Talented engineers and the government’s strong support are key to advancing tech prowess in chipmaking, a process that is incredibly challenging and complex, a renowned South Korean professor has said. “Universities should provide more bachelor’s degree programs for semiconductors that require expansive ...

View more: (Yonhap Interview) Talent, gov't support are key to chip industry's success: professor

POSCO Chemical joins hands with British startup for EV battery materials

SEOUL, June 30 (Yonhap) — POSCO Chemical Co., a major South Korean chemical company, said Thursday it has agreed to cooperate with a British battery startup on the development and supply of electric vehicle battery components in a bid to tap deeper into the European EV market. POSCO Chemical and ...

View more: POSCO Chemical joins hands with British startup for EV battery materials

How Do We Explore Our Knowledge to Be Creative?

Summary: Researchers say creativity is linked to two different semantic memory processes. Source: Paris Brain Institute Coming up with a creative idea requires us to draw on all our previous knowledge. But how does this happen in our mind and in our brain? Emmanuelle Volle’s group (Inserm) at the Frontlab ...

View more: How Do We Explore Our Knowledge to Be Creative?

Alibaba Cloud launches carbon management platform for business clients

On Thursday, Alibaba Cloud launched a carbon management platform called Energy Expert for business clients. Through a prebuilt calculation model, the platform can help firms measure, analyze, and manage the carbon emissions of their business activities and products. The model can utilize public emission factors datasets and the software’s ...

View more: Alibaba Cloud launches carbon management platform for business clients

POCO F4 hits record high sales in India in just a few days

Some will say that the POCO F4 is not a real big change in comparison to the POCO F3. Well, the device has the same old processor, the same battery capacity, and just a few tweaks here and there and design changes. Regardless of that, the device is doing pretty ...

View more: POCO F4 hits record high sales in India in just a few days

Byju’s WhiteHat Jr may see rebranding, fires another 300 in Toppr

ETtech Illustration: Rahul Awasthi Bengaluru: Byju’s is in active discussions for rebranding its code-teaching unit WhiteHat Jr, which the edtech company had acquired in 2020 for $300 million, people aware of the matter said. WhiteHat Jr, known for its programmes to teach coding to kids, had faced criticism in the ...

View more: Byju’s WhiteHat Jr may see rebranding, fires another 300 in Toppr

Ancient wolf genomes indicate an East Asian origin for dogs

Many dog populations seem to have two doses of wolf genes.

View more: Ancient wolf genomes indicate an East Asian origin for dogs

Exchanges struggle as crypto winter sets in following a big drop in prices

ET Bureau The second largest crypto asset was commanding a marketcap close to $150 billion at the time of writing this report. Volumes of Ethereum were quite higher as tokens were $12.45 billion exchanged hands in the given time period. Cryptocurrencies that were the flavour of the season till about ...

View more: Exchanges struggle as crypto winter sets in following a big drop in prices

Apple launches the Community+ program

This similarity between human and octopus brains has scientists shocked

S. Korea's industrial output, investment rebound in May

(URGENT) Industrial output rises 0.8 pct on-month in May

NASA: Swarm of Tiny Swimming Robots Could Look for Alien Life on Distant Worlds

Dizo Buds P announced with 13mm drivers and big battery

British EV startup Tevva launches first hydrogen-electric truck

Board game developed by scientists is winning plaudits for inspiring students to consider STEM careers

Tevva Launches its Hydrogen-Electric Truck

US needs to do more to protect companies against state-sponsored cyberattacks, experts say

Lenovo Legion Halo passes by Geekbench with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Apple has released Safari Technology Preview 148

OTHER TECH NEWS

Top Car News Car News