Even after the Lamu coal power plant has been abandoned, residents fear that cultural damage might already have been done
For a visitor, it can be difficult to ignore an unsettling smell that emanates from the fumes produced by coal power stations, built into the heart of Hwange, a town in Zimbabwe’s Matebeleland North province.
The collapse of the coal plant in Lamu last year led to a major sigh of relief for the thousands of locals who had put up a spirited fight over the last four years to stop the ICBC-backed coal plant.
Up until 2018, Cambodia had been generating most of its electricity from hydroelectric dams. However, the fast-tracked approval of two new coal power plants last year signals a dramatic shift in its energy policy. A wave of investments from international investors, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), has made this possible.
Fifty-seven-year-old Nurjannah has been living and working on a plot of land in Teluk Sepang village, Bengkulu, for decades. She started her small-scale farm in the early 2000s and expanded it in 2013 into a small palm oil plantation.
Over the past several years, the construction and operation of coal-fired power plants across Turkey are believed to have caused a rapid increase in cancer cases in the country, residents and studies have revealed.
It’s time for Zimbabwe to leapfrog to renewables, or else be left with stranded coal assets it may never be able to repay
Since residents of the Kenyan coastal town of Lamu won their fight against a new coal plant, the government seems to be making small steps towards a more efficient and sustainable energy future.
When the plan to build a coal plant in Lamu was first introduced, it was part of a broader conversation on Kenya: its economic development, infrastructure, and future as a “newly industrializing, middle-income country,” to use the language of the national Vision 2030 agenda that initiated the project.