If you've no account register here first time
User Name :
User Email :
Password :

Login Now

Coal Financing Ban Could Ease Water Woes

Coal plant and waterThe World Bank has agreed an energy strategy to all but stop its financing of coal plants. The plan will limit such financing to “rare circumstances,” and to countries that have “no feasible alternatives” to coal, Reuters reports. The bank also strengthened its support for hydro-electric projects.

Reuters reports that the plan may not create an immediate impact, since coal can raise funds by other means, but could send a signal pushing countries towards alternative power.

If it succeeds in boosting energy from renewable sources – a big if – the policy change will not only cut greenhouse gas emissions, but also reduce local water pressures. Coal is a major water user, withdrawing up to 50,000 gallons per megawatt-hour and consuming up to 1,100, the Union of Concerned Scientists says (citing J. Macknick, R. Newmark, G. Heath, and K.C. Hallet, in Environmental Research Letters). In contrast, a UCS report published this week details the massive water savings possible with investment in renewables and energy efficiency.

Tamar Wilner is Senior Editor at Environmental Leader PRO.

Zero Waste To Landfill
Sponsored By: Covanta Environmental Solutions

  
How Tracking/Managing Energy Consumption Drives Real Cost Savings
Sponsored By: Digital Lumens

  
OSHA Written HazCom Plan Template
Sponsored By: VelocityEHS

  
Merging Industrial Air and Water Pollution Solutions Provides Better Results, Lower Cost
Sponsored By: Anguil Environmental Systems

  

Leave a Comment

Translate »