The Philippines

A moratorium on coal is a good start - but more is needed

Recent years have seen the Philippines becoming more reliant on coal generation, with its share rising from 38% in 2010 to 48% in 2021. Meanwhile, wind and solar generate almost none of the Philippines’ electricity (2.5% in 2021, collectively). 

The Philippines is in stark contrast with other major coal-dependent developing countries, including China and India, where the share of coal generation has been falling over the past few years. 

The recent announcement of the coal power moratorium is a good start for the Philippines to reduce its dependence on coal power. However, much more is needed: the moratorium still allows approved projects to move forward and so plans for new coal construction are underway.

Last updated: March 2022

Progress towards clean power targets
The Philippines