If you cannot beat them, try to join them… …in order to help the poor nations achieve desperately needed energy supply.
Yes, from environmentally harmful coal.
The coal industry, viewed as a key contributor to global warming, is seeking a once-improbable collaborator They are trying to work with a fund set up under United Nations climate negotiations.
With more than 2,000 new coal power stations planned or being built in Asia to Africa, the UN Green Climate Fund should help finance making the plants more efficient, according to Mick Buffier, the chairman of the World Coal Association.
New coal technology can cut climate-warming gases by about a third per unit of power, though it adds about 50 percent to the $315 million cost of a 500-megawatt plant in China, the group said.
The Green Climate Fund is meant to channel climate-related aid from industrial nations to developing countries. Bangladesh alone said it needs $16.5 billion in the 20 years through 2030 to ensure its plants will use so-called “super-critical” clean technology.
At the same time, older funding sources like Citigroup Inc. announced on Monday that it will cut back on financing for coal projects.
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