The Papua New Guinea government has recently spent K10 million on developing a coal mining industry in the country while telling the United Nations climate conference in Paris it is committed to a renewable energy.
As well as pursuing new coal mines the PNG government is also being heavily lobbied by Australian company Mayor resources to invest in new coal powered electricity generation in the major centres of Port Moresby, Lae and Madang and is working with international companies Waterford and Pacific Mining on coal exploration in Gulf Province.
None of this is mentioned in the PNG governments statement of its intended contribution to global efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
According to PNG’s ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC)’ the country will make “a big effort” to reduce fossil fuel emissions by transitioning as far as possible to renewable energy with a target of 100% renewable energy by 2030.
All of which is completely inconsistent with the government spending K10 million in developing a coal mining industry and the efforts of Mayor Resources to get new coal powered electricity generation – facts which the PNG government conveniently fails to mention in the INDC document: