Batang Coal-fired Power Plant Will destroy health and livelihoods

Siaran Pers - 3 April, 2013
Jakarta, 3 April 2013: A coalition of environmental and advocacy groups today warned that if the Batang Coal Fired Power Plant is built, it will pump 10,8 million tonnes of carbon into the atmosphere, or greater than the entire emissions of Myanmar (1)

Scheduled to start begin construction in October this year the plant in Batang, West Java, is projected to be one of the largest steam power plants in Southeast Asia, with a production capacity of 2000 megawatts (MW).

“If Indonesia were serious about its commitment, it would try to reduce the country's dependence oncoal , instead of investing in dirty fossil fuels.  At the rate at which Indonesian government is building coal power stations, the total emissions from the energy sector will double by 2020” Said Arif Fiyanto – Greenpeace Southeast Asia Climate Campaigner.

The powerplant will also emit air pollutants including neuro-toxin like Mercury approximately 226 kg per year, an appalling amount with wide-ranging and deadly consequences to Indonesia's environmental and human health.(2)

The planned site for the plant is in  the Ujungnegoro-Roban coastal area, which is a marine conservation area and was declared an area for development of marine tourism under Government Regulation No. 26/2008. 

Part of the power plant will be built at sea and infringes upon a protected area, in direct contravention of Central Java provincial bylaw No 6/2010 on spatial planning If construction of this coal plant goes aheadat least five villages in the Batang area will be demolished, and  destroy  hundreds of hectares of jasmine, plantations and paddy fields.  

 “The planned coal plant will pollute rich coastal fishing waters and threaten the livelihoods of more than 10,000 small-scale fishermen,” said Arif Fiyanto, Greenpeace Indonesia Climate and Energy Campaigner.

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(1) In 2009, CO2 Emission in Myanamar was 10 million

     (1.1) One gigaton of carbon (Gt C) weighs the same as 142,857,142 African elephants.

(2)   Mercury is a substance so toxic that all it takes is 0.907 grams of mercury accumulated over a year to contaminate a 0.1 square kilometer lake (62.5 rais) to the point where fish caught in the lake are deemed unfit for human consumption.  A typical 100-MW coal plant emits approximately 11.34 kilograms of mercury a year.

 

Media enquiries:

Arif Fiyanto, Campaigner Climate and Energy Greenpeace Indonesia, 08111805373

Nandang Wahyu H S.H, Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation - Semarang Legal Aid Institute, 085727221793

Hikmat Soeriatanuwijaya, Media Campaigner Greenpeace Indonesia, 081380473866

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