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Greenpeace warns government of health costs of coal

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 26 2016   /  08:17 am

The government has argued that it must build coal-fired power plants (PLTUs) across the country to meet soaring electricity demand. The government also argues that in addition to satiating electricity demand, coal is cheaper than other forms of energy.

But is it really cheaper?

No, it is not, according to Greenpeace Indonesia. The environmental group has calculated that PLTUs generate enormous health costs, some Rp 351 trillion (US$27.1 billion) every year, much higher than the allocation of the 2016 state budget for the health sector, which stands at around Rp 110 trillion.

“We object to the government’s argument saying that PLTUs are one of the cheapest alternatives available and a solution to achieving energy sovereignty,” Arif Fiyanto, Greenpeace’s climate and energy coordinator told reporters recently.

A newly released Greenpeace report suggests ...