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Indonesia: Coal-fired power plants threaten people's health - Greenpeace report

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25 August 2015

"Human cost of coal power: How coal-fired power plants threaten the health of Indonesians", Greenpeace report

Author: Greenpeace Indonesia

For the first time, this report will give a detailed look at the level of morbidity and mortality associated with every coal-fired power plant in the Archipelago. This information has been produced just as the Energy Ministry considers how to fulfil an ambitious plan to build an additional 35 Gigawatts (GW) of new power plants. At this stage it appears 22,000 megawatts of this power would come from coal power plants and the calculation shows that it will create 21,200 deaths at stake…The findings in this report are based on research done at Harvard University on the health impacts of air pollution from coal-fired power plants in Indonesia…Existing coal-fired power plants in Indonesia cause an estimated 6,500 premature deaths every year…Indonesia is planning to build over a hundred new coal-fired power plants. If these – and those under construction – are completed this death toll could rise to 28,300 people every year…Coal fired power plants…generate pollution that sickens, and sometimes kills, people and causes extensive harm to agriculture, fisheries, the environment, …[and] ultimately also damages the economy…

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25 August 2015

Coal-Related death toll to climb, warns Greenpeace

Author: Erin Cook, Jakarta Globe

"Coal-Related Death Toll to Climb, Warns Greenpeace", 14 Aug 2015

The international environmental NGO Greenpeace this week released a report slamming the effects of Indonesia’s coal power plants, offering a dire warning for the health of communities and environment around the plants and calling on the country to move toward more sustainable methods of generating power…“Air pollution is responsible for over 3 million premature deaths globally every year,” the report said.  Of this figure, 6,500 deaths are in Indonesia…Greenpeace disputes government policy which argues that, for the millions of Indonesians living without ready access to electricity, coal-generated power is the best option to quickly and efficiently fill the gap…The NGO goes so far as to suggest the reliance on coal is in fact “unconstitutional,” quoting Article 28H(1) of the Constitution which “protects the right to a healthy environment.”…The report offers a number of recommendations to the energy sector, including stronger monitoring of emissions and violations of environmental standards and the shutting down of plants which fail to meet these standards…

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25 August 2015

Indonesian govt. should abandon coal due to "terrible health" impacts, says Greenpeace

Author: Hindun Mulaika, Greenpeace Indonesia, for Jakarta Post

“Don’t leave RI in the dark ages of coal”, 15 Aug 2015

Kiribati…President...is calling on all nations to abandon all new coal mines and coal mine expansions...President Tong and his people…know first hand that climate change is not just an environmental crisis — it’s also a human rights disaster. Yet as their neighbor, Indonesia is the biggest exporter of thermal coal (rivaled only by Australia)…With over 18,000 islands Indonesia is also among the most vulnerable to climate change from sea level rises, ocean acidification, and extreme weather events. Our addiction to coal is also having terrible health impact on our population. Existing coal plants in Indonesia cause an estimated 7,100 premature deaths every year according to research by Harvard University and Greenpeace Southeast Asia. And this number could climb to over 28,000 per year if the Indonesian government goes ahead with an ambitious rollout of more than one hundred new coal-fired power plants…The international divestment movement…will make finding finance for coal increasingly difficult…We need regulations that encourage entrepreneurs and small businesses to take up solar energy, and encourage investment into renewable energy sources in Indonesia…

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