Coal assets stranded in Southeast Asia

30 Nov 2018 by Energiewende Team at Energy Transition 

Coal is now more expensive than renewable energy – and while this is good news for the climate, it’s bad news for developing countries who have invested in coal. Renato Redentor Constantino looks at how Japan and Korea are divesting, and the IMF’s opinion on stranded assets.

A barge from Samarinda coal mine on the Mahakam river, Indonesia

A barge transports coal on the Mahakam river, Indonesia: the country is subsidizing coal, despite its risks (Photo by Andrew Taylor/WDMCC BY 2.0)

Countries in Southeast Asia who have invested in coal are finding themselves high and dry.

Because of competition from renewable energy, the Philippines is facing at least $21 billion in stranded coal plant assets, representing all new proposals in the pipeline. The figure represents over a fourth of the country’s national budget.

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