Porto Romano thermo power plant, Albania – EBRD AGM Issue Paper
Briefing | 16 May 2009
The Porto Romano TPP is yet another project that aims to improve energy security in Albania, yet the construction of such a large TPP powered by imported coal can hardly be reckoned to constitute sustainable development. Nevertheless, and despite the fact that coal-fired TPP plants are widely recognised as the most climate-wrecking forms of electricity generation, the governing elite in Albania is determined to have one in its own backyard. The question remains if this determination is based on a strategic assessment of energy generation and efficiency in the country, not to mention due consideration of TPP technologies and responsible deliberation about Albanias long-term carbon emissions.
Given the past and present involvement of the EBRD in other energy generation projects in Albania, such as the combined-cycle power plant in Vlora, Bankwatch and the Albanian Ekolevizija coalition call upon the bank not to consider the Porto Romano TPP for finance.
Theme: Energy & climate | Social & economic impacts | Balkans