Latin America is the world´s second region producing and consuming the most coal


The Latin America and Caribbean region disgorges 371 million metric tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere from the consumption of wood and coal. Jointly they produce about 9 million tons of coal. This has a huge impact on the atmosphere and global warming. However, using wood as a greener energy source has great potential […]

The Government insists that coal serves as a backup for renewables and is good for prices


During the meeting that the Ministry of Energy, Tourism and Digital Agenda held on Monday with unions to discuss about the coal sector, the role of this raw material in the Spanish energy system and its role as a backup for renewables was addressed. The clean energy sector insists that there are renewables that are manageable […]


IIDMA denounces coal power plants in Spain still fail to fulfill the law


The International Institute for Law and the Environment, IIDMA, denounces that the plan granting large coal power plants in Spain to emit pollutants above the limits set by the European Union does not comply with the law and does not reflect the real situation. In a statement it explains that, according to a European Directive, […]

The long shot for coal in Japan


Japan has become more and more dependent on liquefied natural gas and imported coal after initial intention of trying to minimize the presence of nuclear power in its electricity mix following the catastrophic accident at the Fukushima plant. However, although coal and gas prices fell in 2015 the cost of electricity in the country has increased. It seems that renewable development has not been enough in the country that again looks towards nuclear.


What opportunities do the mining regions have? The Revitalization Plan 2016-2020 proposes a few


Mining regions in Spain have been dragging on a social, labor and economic decline for a few decades. And it is true that there has been some investment effort to transform its business structure but it has been insufficient. Now Castile and Leon Revitalization Plan 2016-2020 will allocate 5 million euros a year to finally achieve take off.

Los Barrios (Cádiz) coal power plant to reduce its nitrogen oxide emissions by 60%


Large utilities are required to invest in environmental improvement in de-nitrification of their coal power plants. To encourage them to do so and thus avoid their plants closure, last year the government offered incentives to companies that improved their plants provided they consumed domestic coal. This is the case of Viesgo´s thermal power plant of […]