OECD warned govt about coal power plants; 500bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050

OECD warned govt about coal power plants; 500bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050

OECD warned govt about coal power plants; 500bn tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050

Written by Tharushan Fernando

03 Apr, 2016 | 8:45 pm

In July 2015, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, warned that new coal power plants, were the most urgent threat to the planet.

The OECD urged the government to rethink plans for new coal-fired power plants as a study estimated that they will release more than 500 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2050.

Many countries are moving away from coal power generation.China has planned to shut down all coal power plants in Beijing by the end of this year. Recently, the United States shut down a 5000MW Coal Power Plant.  England too had decided to shut down all coal power plants by 2025.

After nearly 50 years of service, Scotland’s last coal-fired power plant – the Longannet Power Station has finally gone offline, putting an end to over 100 years of burning coal for electricity.

Angel Gurria, the Secretary General of the OECD, said in July 2015 that Governments must think “twice, or three, or four times” before allowing new coal-fired plants to go ahead.

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