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New Coal-Fired Plants Jeopardise Paris Agreement

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3), 48940 Leioa, Spain
Department of Foundations of Economic Analysis, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU), 48013 Bilbao, Spain
Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relation (IDDRI), 75006 Paris, France
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Academic Editor: Tomonobu Senjyu
Sustainability 2017, 9(2), 168;
Received: 17 November 2016 / Revised: 29 December 2016 / Accepted: 11 January 2017 / Published: 24 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
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Global greenhouse gas emissions need to peak soon and be reduced practically to zero in the second half of this century in order to not exceed the climate targets adopted in the Paris Agreement. However, there are currently numerous coal-fired power stations around the world at different stages of construction and planning that could be completed in the next decade. If all these plants are actually built, their expected future emissions will make it very difficult to reach these targets, even in an optimistic scenario with the deployment of carbon capture and storage technologies. Policy makers around the world need to react quickly and help to redirect investment plans for new coal-fired power stations towards low-carbon technologies. View Full-Text
Keywords: Paris Agreement; mitigation; coal plants; CO2 commitment; carbon budget; Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) Paris Agreement; mitigation; coal plants; CO2 commitment; carbon budget; Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS)

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González-Eguino, M.; Olabe, A.; Ribera, T. New Coal-Fired Plants Jeopardise Paris Agreement. Sustainability 2017, 9, 168.

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