The Japanese government is promoting the use of ammonia as a fuel for co-firing in coal power plants as part of a decarbonization plan in their ‘Green Transformation’ (GX) strategy.
They claim this is compatible with emissions reduction goals, a false assertion that could legitimize coal in the eyes of financiers and lenders. The truth is that the widespread adoption of ammonia co-firing in existing coal plants could create a new generation of stranded assets.
Ammonia co-firing has limited emissions reduction potential. If deployed at scale, betting on co-firing could delay the deployment of existing viable and scalable zero-emissions options.
Worse still, Japan is pushing ammonia co-firing adoption in Southeast Asia, which would not cut emissions enough to reach net zero in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines, even with the most technologically feasible co-firing rate (20% ammonia-80% coal).
This push will block the renewable energy transition, undermine energy security, and worsen the climate crisis.
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The G7 Hiroshima Summit takes place from 19 to 21st May 2023, where the largest economies will come together to address global issues, including the climate crisis.
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