Until debt tear us apart: Balkans beyond coal news, Spring 2019

Coal is bad business, yet public subsidies and Chinese loans keep it alive and keep the Balkans from moving #BeyondCoal.

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Spring 19 Balkans Beyond Coal
Europe Beyond Coal unites civil society groups across Europe in working towards a swift and just transition away from coal-fired electricity and towards sustainable, renewable energy system…
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Joanna Flisowska
Coal Policy Coordinator
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Based in Katowice, Poland

 igor kalaba 

Igor Kalaba
Energy Policy Coordinator for Southeast Europe
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+32 4714 38 442


Elif Gündüzyeli
Turkey Climate and Energy Policy Coordinator
elif /at/
Based in Istanbul, Turkey

Latest Publications on Coal Phase Out

  • Kömürün Gerçek Bedeli – Muğla

    Kömür kullanımının yöre halkına, hava, toprak, su ve iklimimize muazzam bedelleri çoğu zaman kolayca gözle görülmüyor ya da ayrı ayrı başlıklar altında ele alınıyor. Bu da genelde, bilerek ya da bilmeyerek, sadece bu durum karşısındaki tavrımızı ve karar alma süreçlerini bulanıklaştırmaya yarıyor.
  • Turkey’s most touristic region is endangered by coal mine expansions

    Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe’s new report on “The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla” shows how expanding coal mines and extending the life-span of coal-fired power plants threatens tourism and other sectors as well as the health of local communities and ecosystems. The report calls upon Turkish authorities to embark upon the urgent shift to clean, renewable energy instead, in the face of the worsening climate crisis. Muğla, a popular travel destination on the southwest coast of Turkey, must not be left without a future beyond coal.
  • The Real Costs of Coal: Muğla

    This study pulls together the many pieces of the enormous puzzle often referred to as externalities of coal exploitation, yet another term blurring our appreciation of the entire toll we all pay for continued reliance on coal - in Mugla and elsewhere.
  • Delayed sunset over Balkan coal, Newsletter - Summer '19

    Public loans and subsidies vs. clean air and decarbonisation: 
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