JBC data update: Hirono IGCC Power GK announces that Hirono IGCC Power Plant （543MW) has reached commercial operation on November 19, 2021.
Repeating last year’s win, on November 2nd Japan was again awarded the "Fossil of the Day" award at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) held in Glasgow, UK
【News】Growing opposition to coal-fired power in Yokosuka: one after another, youth and local residents take action.
The construction of a coal-fired power plant in Yokosuka continues to progress. Locally, opposition actions by residents and youth are increasing.
On November 4th, the Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement was released at COP26, supported by 47 national governments, in addition to a number of subnationals and organizations.
On June 23, No Coal Kobe, a local community group working to stop construction of coal-fired power plants in Kobe, attended KOBELCO’s General Meeting of Shareholders and organized a protest outside the venue. Here are the questions and answers regarding coal-fired power.
【News】Government council presents draft of Japan’s next energy plan, firmly maintains coal power at 19% in 2030
On July 21, the Japanese government presented a draft of the 6th Strategic Energy Plan, which proposes to maintain coal power at 19% by 2030, with renewable energy at 36-38%,
【News】Powering Past Coal Alliance continues to grow with new members from national and sub-national governments, power utilities, and private enterprises
On June 30, 2021, the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA), announced twelve new members and partners as the global movement to phase out coal-fired power continues to gain momentum.
【News】 Kiko Network’s Kimiko Hirata awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for her efforts on phasing out coal power
In June 2021, Kiko Network’s Kimiko Hirata was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, often called “the Nobel Prize for the Environment", for her efforts on stopping the construction of new coal-fired power plants.
Japan Beyond Coal database update on July1: June 17, Kyushu Electric announced the Karita Power Station New 1 is back to an active status from mothballed.
[News] “Japan, Time to End Coal” ad in the Financial Times: Japan’s continued backing of coal power has left it isolated among the G7
On March 31, 2021, the Organization for Cross-regional Coordination of Transmission Operators (OCCTO) released the Aggregation of Electricity Supply Plans for FY2021.
There is no movement in May. So, the number of currently operating power station is same as last update, 165 units in total, including 4 units of mothballed .
Japan Beyond Coal database update: Two proposal plans were canceled and two plants started commercial operation in April.
On April 23, the Working Group for the Review of Coal-fired Power Generation, a deliberation council of the METI, announced that they have compiled an interim report on a coal “fade-out” toward 2030.
【News】End to the consideration of the coal-fired power project in Akita – End of the domestic new construction plan
On April 27, 2021, Kanden Energy Solution Co., Inc. (Kenes) announced that Kenes and Marubeni Clean Power Corporation would end their consideration of the Akita Port Thermal Power Station (tentative name) construction plan.
On March 29, 2021, Japanese NGO Kiko Network, along with three individual investors, filed a climate shareholder resolution to Mitsubishi UFJ Financial group. This climate resolution calls on the company to adopt and disclose a plan to align its financing and investments with the Paris Agreement.
On April 16, 2021, Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. and Ube Industries announced the cancellation of new construction plans for Nishiokinoyama Power Plant, a planned coal-fired power plant in Ube, Yamaguchi-prefecture.
No coal-fired power plants were retired or started operation in March. However, one unit, Karita New 1, has become mothballed. Currently 163 units are under operation and 15 units are under planning/construction.