Signing Paris Agreement alone won't help - SL environmentalists
Promoting conventional electricity generation using coal power will
scale down the possibility of international monetary assistance to the
country, in its attempt to develop renewable energy technology, warned
Explaining the consequences, Executive Director of the Centre for
Environment Justice Hemantha Withanage said to move away from
conventional and dirty energy, Sri Lanka will have to depend on
financial assistance from developed countries.
"We cannot hide behind carbon markets and other false solutions,"
Withanage said, commenting on the Government's interest in continuing
with the Sampur coal power plant. He said moving towards renewable
energy is vital to the country at this juncture.
"Coal power plants are being replaced by renewable energy throughout
the world. Sri Lanka has more potential in generating electricity
through solar, wind and tidal power," Withanage said.
"Merely signing the Paris Agreement without any substance on
implementation and interest is insufficient.
"We cannot count on such an Agreement alone to achieve climate
justice," said Climate Justice and Energy Coordinator of Friends of the
Earth International, Sara Shaw, stressing the need for immediate action
by all countries.