Unraveling the Mystery of Laos U-Turn from Renewables to Coal to Power the Battery of Southeast Asia

After years of hydropower supercharging Laos’ successful ambition to become the key power exporter in the region, Laos’ energy export market has taken a surprising turn … towards coal.

According to most international analysis from Carbon Tracker to Bloomberg, carbon is dying. Yet in Laos, energy carbon production went from zero to half of all energy produced by the country in five years.

This analysis of government, health and industry data from across the region explores the economic, environmental and geo-political forces at work driving investments in a dying power source and the potential consequences of a shift away from renewables.

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Kannikar Petchkaew