South-East Asia

No New Coal: South-East Asia overview

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Fiddler’s Ferry power station, UK, in the sunset
2021 sees the sun setting on coal power. Photo taken at Fiddler’s Ferry power station, UK, by Phil Gradwell, 2014. Via Flickr,
  1. South-East Asia has seen a 63% decrease in the scale of the pipeline of proposed coal power plants since 2015.
  2. This represents a ratio of 3.1:1 between projects cancelled (102GW) and those that went into operation (33GW).
  3. The remaining 49GW of pre-construction pipeline is spread across seven countries. This is 42% of the non-OECD and 16% of the global pipelines.
  4. Regional leaders like Malaysia no longer have any projects under development, while others like Philippines and Viet Nam are moving away from new coal.
  5. Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, and Thailand can follow the lead of their regional peers and commit to no new coal construction.

In 2015, 11 countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam) in South-East Asia were considering new coal, with a pre-construction pipeline of 134GW. This has now reduced to nine countries, with a pipeline of 49GW, a 63% decrease (Figure 2). This represents a ratio of 3.1:1 of projects that were cancelled exceeding those that eventually entered into operation. The remaining pre-construction pipeline accounts for 16% of the global pre-construction total, or 42% in the non-OECD, with an average of 7GW per country.

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