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[PDF] NGOs urge China to invest in renewables instead of coal in central and eastern Europe

Dear Prime Minister Li Keqiang...Given that many of the planned investments by Chinese companies in our region are in the energy sector, we would like to urge you to consider the need for our countries to phase out the use of fossil fuels and concentrate on a transformation to an energy-efficient economy, based on environmentally sustainable forms of renewable energy. We are aware that several projects potentially involving Chinese investors and financing are planned in the coal sector in central and eastern Europe, including Ugljevik III and Tuzla 7 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pljevlja II in Montenegro, Jaworzno in Poland, Rovinari in Romania, Kostolac B3 in Serbia and a series of mining and conversion projects in Ukraine. The coal sector has already caused significant harm to people's health and the environment in the region...In Serbia alone, air pollution from coal is estimated to cause 2100 premature deaths annually, while in Poland the figure is 3500...[N]ew power stations...will still cause ill health and deaths...