Greenpeace is leading a campaign to halt the construction of all coal-fired power plants in Southeast Asia because of their potentially harmful effects on the environment as well as on local communities. Once mined and burned, fossil fuels can no longer be used. The burning of fossil fuels like coal and oil also produces huge amounts of carbon dioxide and a host of other deadly toxins as well like mercury, sulfur dioxide, lead and cadmium.
Greenpeace is also working towards developing renewable energy alternatives; and getting government commitment to mainstream renewables by providing incentives to clean energy technologies. Renewable energy is power derived from sources that are clean, self-generating and ultimately beneficial to the environment, the communities that host them and to society in general.