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Small Print Gives Indonesia a Way Out in COP Coal Pledge

A barge loaded with coal anchored offshore in Indonesia.

A barge loaded with coal anchored offshore in Indonesia.

Photographer: Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg

Indonesia signed up to a pledge aimed at ending coal use at COP26. But a closer look at the terms shows it will be able to continue building coal plants at home.

Signatories of the U.K. led Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement had the option to sign four different clauses. The first two committed to scaling up clean energy and the second two were designed to power down coal.