The 3,960 megawatt (MW) Sasan coal power and mine is one of nine earmarked ‘ultra-mega’ coal-fired power stations proposed by the government of India. The project is expected to release vast amounts of pollution into the local environment and the global atmosphere.
The Kusile project, a coal-fired power plant proposed by the South African Utility, Eskom will generate nearly 5,000 megawatts of output, and will be one of the largest coal plants in the world. The annual Green House Gas (GHG) equivalent emissions for this single project –36.8 million tons - would increase South African energy sector emissions by 12.8% and the country’s total contribution to climate change by 9.7%. The Kusile project would annually emit more than 150% of the annual carbon emissions from projects supported by the Ex-Im Bank in 2009.
In 2009, at the International Climate Talks in Copenhagen, the U.S. government announced its approval for a record-breaking three billion dollars in financing to the ExxonMobil-led Liquid Natural Gas project in Papua New Guinea (PNG LNG). The U.S. Ex-Im Bank estimates that PNG LNG will emit 3,100,000 tons of CO2 every year in direct emissions.