Cambodia minister vows no new coal plants beyond those approved

Critics say announcement marks little change from current trajectory.

Cambodia has become the latest country to voice its intention to move away from coal, though experts question how much impact the policy will have given the number of previously approved fossil fuel projects and import deals.

Cambodia’s Energy Minister Suy Sem outlined the country’s stance in a recent meeting with the British Ambassador Tina Redshaw, held to discuss policy ahead of this week’s United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow.

Cambodia plans on “increasing the use of renewable energy and other energy sources that are not harmful to the environment,” he told the envoy, according to a meeting outline posted on the ministry’s Facebook page.

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