Written by Chisaki Watanabe. This article first appeared in Bloomberg News.
Japan’s support for coal power is pushing against global trends and ignores the nation’s advantages in clean-energy technology, according to a report released Wednesday.
The country is unique among Group of Seven members for its plans to add domestic coal-generation capacity and for providing assistance for similar projects in Southeast Asia, InfluenceMap, a London-based nonprofit, said in the report. That’s “counter to the global coal phase-out trend,” according to the group, which collects data on corporation’s lobbying and energy practices.