April 17th: Japan Center for a Sustainable Environment and Society (JACSES) has published the information material title “5 reasons why Government of Japan should not support Matarbari coal-fired power project (Phase 2)”.
The Government of Japan is currently considering an Official Development Assistance (ODA) to Matarbari coal-fired power project (Phase 2) in Bangladesh. JACSES points this project should not be supported with following 5 reasons.
- Supporting the project is not consistent with the Japan’s Long-term Strategy under the Paris Agreement (approved by the Cabinet in June 2019).
- Supporting the project is not consistent with the Japan’s Strategic Energy Plan (approved by the Cabinet in July 2018).
- The actual reserve margin in Bangladesh consistently exceeds the targeted reserve margin until 2041, therefore there is low demand for building a new coal-fired power plant.
- Building a new coal-fired power plant is not consistent with the Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Bangladesh.
- Matarbari coal-fired power project (Phase 1) has not been meeting JICA’s Guidelines for Environmental and Social Considerations.
Ling to JACSES web site is here.