Deceptive feasibility studies for new coal power plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The contaminated ash from the Tuzla coal power plant is mixed with water and pumped out into a dessert-like field a few kilometres outside the city centre. Well-implemented environmental impact assessments and feasibility studies are crucial for governments to make fully informed decisions. Underestimating environmental impacts or miscalculating costs will not only undermine accountability, but… Continue reading Deceptive feasibility studies for new coal power plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Chinese coal power still in Bosnian pipeline

Mile Krstić is expecting a new neighbour: just a few hundred metres from his house, the ground has been prepared for the new coal-fired power station, Ugljevik III. His house is already surrounded by the city’s substantial coal industry: Ugljevik I, one of Europe’s most polluting coal fired station, are in front of it, and… Continue reading Chinese coal power still in Bosnian pipeline

Response: G20 ends public financing for international coal-fired power projects, we ask China to walk away from Western Balkan coal projects immediately.

G20 nations including China have agreed to ending public financing for international coal-fired power projects this year, following on from similar commitments by the G7 and the OECD. China, the world’s top financier for the construction of international coal-fired power projects, still currently has over 1.7 GW of planned coal-fired power plants and the 350 MW Kostolac B3 coal-fired power project under construction in the Western Balkan countries in Southeast Europe… Continue Reading

Adding coal to the fire

Our research on China’s new and ongoing international coal-fired power deals show that while project completion rate is on the decline, and the cancellation rate of projects in a number of countries has risen during the past year, there is a risk that over 3,645 megawatts of newly announced deals from 2021 in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Serbia, as well as over 10 GW of planned projects in six countries across Europe, Asia and Africa may receive financing or at risk of getting built and put into operation.

G20 Is Opportunity for China to Make Good on its Coal Phase-out Promise – Just Finance International

Copenhagen, 27 October 2021:- China must provide clarity on whether its “international new coal projects exit” covers existing projects during this weekend’s G20 gathering in Rome, or run the risk of building outdated, unwanted climate-warming coal-fired electricity capacity, according to Just Finance International. The commitment to exit coal projects was made by Chinese leader Xi… Continue reading G20 Is Opportunity for China to Make Good on its Coal Phase-out Promise – Just Finance International

Radio Free Europe: New Power Plant in Bosnia and Herzegovina jeopardise international obligations

A Polish-Chinese investor is planning another thermal power plant in Ugljevik, contrary to the suggestions made by the Energy Community to Bosnian. Read the full interview in Bosnian with Wawa Wang, Just Finance Director here.

Radio Free Europe: Interview with Just Finance on Chinese Defense Companies

An increasing number of Chinese defence companies are active in the civilian market in the Western Balkan countries. Read the full interview (in Serbian) with Nils Resare, Senior Researcher at Just Finance here

Increased activity by sanctioned Chinese defence companies in the Western Balkans

Serbia Serbia’s purchase of missiles and armed drones made it the first European country to enter a defence cooperation with China. Serbia also allowed Chinese security forces to train on European soil. Read more Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina has received three Chinese donations of military equipment for its army’s Engineering Corps. The last,… Continue reading Increased activity by sanctioned Chinese defence companies in the Western Balkans

Bosnia Pollution: Toxic air costs Tuzla city almost $400M

As the European Union shuts down coal-fired power plants, Balkan countries are planning to build new ones. Among them is Bosnia and Herzegovina, which the UN says is estimated to be the second worst country in the world for air pollution, trailing only China. Asim Beslija has this report from the city of Tuzla, where… Continue reading Bosnia Pollution: Toxic air costs Tuzla city almost $400M