'Clean coal' is still dirty, warns green energy group


Posted at Nov 28 2017 04:44 PM

MANILA - The Philippines should continue developing more renewable energy projects instead of heeding the US proposal to promote the use of "clean coal" technologies, a local environment group said Tuesday. 

The United States announced plans to convene a global "clean coal" alliance during the United Nations climate talks this month in Bonn, Germany. 

However, the Center for Energy, Ecology and Development (CEED) insisted that coal was the dirtiest of fossil fuels. 

The group said carbon capture and storage, which is one of the technologies being touted by clean coal proponents, was expensive and unreliable. 

The cost of renewable energy is falling in the Philippines, and at one point even became cheaper than energy from coal, said CEED legal officer Avril De Torres.