CAM members participate in Croissants Not Coal #Hazelwood action
A few Climate Action Moreland members participated on Tuesday morning in a breakfast protest outside Engie’s local offices in Melbourne, calling for an early decision by Engie’s board to shut down the Hazelwood Power Station, one of the most polluting power stations in the industrial world.
Hazelwood is the worst polluting power station in the industrialised world. Other power stations in the La Trobe Valley are also heavy polluters. Current emissions intensity for Brown coal (lignite) in Victoria, Australia:
- Hazelwood 1.56TonneCO2/MWh,
- Yallourn 1.49TonneCO2/MWh,
- Loy Yang A 1.28TonneCO2/MWh, and
- Loy Yang B 1.24 tonneCO2/MWh
Australian Conservation Foundation listed Engie in 2015 as number 5 in top 10 most polluting companies in Australia. Engie owns 70% of Hazelwood with Japanese company Mitsui owning 30%. Engie and Mitsui also owns Loy Yang B power station. In 2015 Engie’s Total Scope 1 & 2 Emissions = 17,605,785 tonne CO2-e
The Melbourne protest:
The Paris protest (A mob of kangaroos hopped into Engie’s headoffice to press the issue of closure):
The Paris protest was featured in the French Liberation newspaper on the fate of Hazelwood in the article: En Australie, Engie peine à se défaire de la centrale la plus polluante au monde (A chance for people to practice their French)
Wendy Farmer, from Voices of the Valley, also had an open letter to CEO of Engie Elizabeth Kocher published in the Huffington Post France: Madame la Directrice Générale d’ENGIE, engagez-vous pour la fermeture de la centrale au charbon d’Hazelwood!