Clean Coal: Factsheet
Building new fossil fuel power plants is expensive, polluting and damaging for community health.
FACT CHECK ON PRIME MINISTER
Our energy system needs overhauling.
Australia’s energy system is ageing, inefficient and polluting.
It is not coping with escalating extreme weather, like heatwaves and storms.
In addressing this major issue Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says our new energy system must achieve three objectives:
1. Be clean (low emissions)
Coal power doesn’t meet any of these criteria.
Yet the Federal Government is misleading the public by promoting “clean coal” as the way forward.
1. There is no such thing as “clean” coal.
When dug up and burned, coal pollutes
the environment and damages our health.
Burning coal for electricity emits toxic and carcinogenic substances into our air, water and land, severely impacting on the health of miners, workers and communities.
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering estimated coal’s health impacts cost taxpayers $2.6 billion every year.
More efficent coal plants labelled “ultra supercritical” (what the Federal Government calls “clean coal”) emit significant greenhouse gases.
A new high-efficiency coal plant run on black coal would produce about 80% of the emissions of an equivalent old plant, while renewables (eg. wind and solar) emit zero emissions.
So-called “clean coal” does not help Australia meet its obligations to reduce its emissions 26-28% by 2030 below 2005 levels.
Press link for more: Climate Council