Last Gasp Results - Nov 2018
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LAST GASP: The coal companies making Europe sick
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For full report, go to:
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www.beyond-coal.eu/last-gasp
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In case of query, please contact dave@sandbag.org.uk
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This file contains the full results, by company, by plant.
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Results are modelled results using 2016 power plant pollution data.
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Some plants or units have in the meantime closed or have announced retirement dates.
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Methodology:
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1. Identify coal power plants operating in the EU in 2016, and their respective owners from the Europe Beyond Coal database.
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2. Retrieve the latest data for 2016 coal power plant air emissions data from European Environment Agency Large Combustin Plant (LCP) database.
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3. Use a European Commission approved atmospheric model to estimate how coal power plant emissions impact pollution levels in the air we breathe.
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4. Calculate how the additional pollution in the air impacts our health using figures recommended by experts convened by the World Health Organisation. Calculate the economic cost of these health impacts using the same approach as the European Commission.
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5. Estimate each power station’s individual contribution to the total health impact. Calculate each energy companies total impact by summing up the values from each power station in their portfolio.
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Generation is from ENTSO-E (or if missing, then estimated from CO2 EUETL emissions). However, there may be small inconsistencies with the LCP data.
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Disclaimer:
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The health impact methodology used in this report is guided by recommendations from the World Health Organization Europe’s ‘Health risks of air pollution in Europe’ (HRAPIE) project on health impact assessments for air pollution. It includes atmospheric modelling with the European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme Meteorological Synthesizing Centre - West (EMEP MSC-W) computer model, which is also used by the European Environment Agency for European Commission assessments of health impacts from air pollution in Europe. They are based on publicly available, relevant data known of by the authors; this data may not be exhaustive and there may exist further or updated information they were not aware of at the time of writing. This report does not attempt to quantify actual health occurrences nor their actual costs.
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Note, the emissions used in the report are for coal power plants (for sources see the main report), which include some amount of running of gas, oil and biomass, either as co-firing or in separate units within the coal plant; rough analysis estimates this as around 1% of the air pollution across the total EU fleet, but may be bigger for some companies - for example, Drax’s health impact includes a sizable contribution from burning biomass.
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