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International Agencies Using Flawed Data to Fast-Track Kosovo Coal Plant, Put Health At Risk

Commented Sep 13, 2012 at 12:06:43 in Green

“At the World Bank our mission is to eradicate poverty so we're mindful that more than a third of Kosovo’s citizens live in poverty; almost half are unemployed; and a major obstacle to economic growth is inadequate, unreliable electricity. Kosovo wants to close a polluting, 40-year-old power plant and bring its electricity system to EU standards. With a modern power plant and the closure or rehabilitation of older plants, dust emissions will drop by 90%, sulfur oxides and nitrogen oxides by 70%, and there will be no increase in carbon emissions per unit of electricity produced. We've confirmed on our website and in meetings with civil society groups, including Sierra Club, that we are conducting a new, comprehensive Environmental and Social Impact Assessment of the proposed project over the next twelve months and through a series of consultations. Today in Pristina, the Government of Kosovo is discussing with the public the draft terms of reference for that new assessment. That publicly available draft specifies that "Previously prepared social and environmental studies [including USAID Scoping Statement] should be used as background information for the ESIA." Three air quality on-line monitoring stations will be established in the project area to provide accurate data, in addition to the mobile monitoring stations installed by Kosovo with USAID funds. The proposed project will not be considered by the Bank's Board for at least another year. We have been and will continue to diligently apply our policies while supporting Kosovo's energy modernization.”
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World Bank Gives South Africa Lumps of Coal

Commented Mar 13, 2010 at 04:48:21 in Green

“Lori Pottinger is telling only half the story. Her description of the World Bank's proposed project ignores the significant renewable investments: $260 million for 100 megawatts of wind power and 100 megawatts of solar power. This is a detail worth noting, especially considering that the largest operating solar plant of similar technology in the world is only 20 megawatts.
The World Bank has studied climate change and African energy deprivation extensively. We’ve piloted renewable projects with partners all over the world – and with intense optimism for the cleaner energy systems we all want to see in the future. To get the full story, see the Africa Can End Poverty blog and the latest news and opinion from South Africa.

hp blogger Lori Pottinger on Mar 16, 2010 at 18:21:53

“It's true the Bank is also funding renewable projects with this loan, but it's certainly not "half" the story --more like 7 percent of the story, as a proportion of the budget. The World Bank is one of the only financial agencies that has the resources to bring true transformation to the African energy sector, yet continues to fund destructive dams, big coal, and very, very few transformative projects. I stand by my commentary.”