Is it Possible to Leave Coal Behind for the Developing Countries?

Is it Possible to Leave Coal Behind for the Developing Countries?
Coal is a relatively cheap, abundant and well-established source of energy, but it’s a major source of carbon pollution. Señor Codo/Flickr, CC BY-SA

Around one in seven people do not have access to electricity and one in three developing countries are experiencing the energy poverty, according to the World Bank. As the need for the proficient and reliable energy for the development in the fields of agricultural, industries and infrastructure increases, the energy poverty is also increasing.

Coal is the most popular source of energy for most populations across the world. But, it is a major source of pollution and also emits many harmful chemicals like the Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide, etc. These chemicals emitted from using coal, as the efficient energy source, has caused several problems to use it. In fact, according to an article from the Conversation, it states that the World Bank has already paused the funding to generate power from coal except for exceptional cases.

The Indian sub-continent, with a rapidly developing economy expects to meet more than 50% of the new electricity generation from the renewable sources, the nation is being forced to rely on the coal power, according to the World Energy Outlook. Additionally, Pakistan is facing is a power outage of 12 hours every day, according to the Conversation. And, in China  700 million households were given the facility of electricity in the past 20 years, through coal-fired energy production.

After all, the question is that, is coal the only source to meet all the energy requirements by the developing economies. However, for these countries, achieving the renewable energy source to produce electricity and to leave behind coal, might be a strenuous task for a couple of years.

Author: @SujanaOruganti

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