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PHNOM PENH – Global apparel brands including Adidas, Puma, Gap and H&M are set to write to the Cambodian Government bemoaning the country’s lurch towards fossil-fuelled power projects. Many leading brands have set emissions reduction targets in their supply chains in line with their Science-Based Targets goals. However, Cambodia has recently announced the approval of a raft of coal-fired power plant projects in line with government plans for the development of additional power sources between 2020 and 2030.

Local sources claim Cambodia plans to nearly triple the amount of power it generates from coal in the coming years, to the dismay of brands sourcing from the country.

Cambodia’s apparel sector is already in turmoil due to the double-whammy of the coronavirus impact which has seen more than 150,000 jobs lost in the sector, and the recent loss of EU (EBA) trading benefits.

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