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Coal Plants in Southeast Europe Killing Thousands, Report Says

  • Balkan power stations’ pollution ‘wreaking havoc’ in region
  • EU imports 8% of the Western Balkans’ power production
Coal And Wind Energy Sites as PGE SA Invests in Zero-Emissions
Photographer: Piotr Malecki/Bloomberg

Pollution from coal-fired power stations on the European Union’s southeastern border are estimated to have caused thousands of deaths in the region due to breaches of legally-binding limits on harmful emissions.

The 18 coal plants operating in Serbia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Montenegro were responsible for 19,000 deaths over the past three years, according to projections in a report by CEE Bankwatch Network and the Centre for Research on Energy and Clean Air. More than half of those deaths were estimated to be within the EU.