Updated June 15, 2017
- In November 2017, Vietnam decided to pursue an expansion of coal power instead of nuclear power. Vietnam plans to increase their number of coal plants up to 32 by 2020 and to 51 by 2030. This means coal will produce nearly half of the country's electricity by 2020 despite increases in hydropower capacity.
- Every year around 4,300 premature deaths already result from the pollution from coal-fired power plants in Vietnam. This figure will worsen as emissions from coal in Southeast Asia could triple by 2030, with the largest increases in Indonesia and Vietnam.
Opting for coal instead of nuclear will increase Vietnam’s emissions the equivalent of more than 7 million cars added to the road.
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