Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration

In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur on clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change.

Coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 percent of global electricity today, making carbon pollution from coal a leading contributor to climate change.

The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. Analysis has found that more than 800,000 people die each year around the world from the pollution generated by burning coal.

As a result, phasing out unabated coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2°C, and to pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.

To meet the Paris Agreement, analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed no later than by 2030 in the OECD and EU28, and no later than by 2050 in the rest of the world.

The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar have plummeted; with the result that clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass those in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.

Countries moving to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic and human health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses and organisations that are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of unabated coal power.

We commit to achieve that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, including appropriate support for workers and communities.

More specifically:

  • Government members commit to phasing out existing unabated coal power generation and to a moratorium on any new coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within their jurisdictions
  • Business and other non-government members commit to powering their operations without coal
  • All members commit to supporting clean power generation through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments, and to restricting financing for unabated coal power generation, ie without carbon capture and storage

To support these goals, the members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of unabated coal, including through climate financing, and to adopt practical initiatives to support this transition, including through developing clean energy plans and targets.

We will also encourage our peers to join us in the Powering Past Coal Alliance to build a better world for our kids and grandkids.

List of members

December 2018

Countries

  1. Canada
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Austria
  4. .Angola
  5. Belgium
  6. Costa Rica
  7. Denmark
  8. El Salvador
  9. Ethiopia
  10. Fiji
  11. Finland
  12. France
  13. Ireland
  14. Israel
  15. Italy
  16. Latvia
  17. Liechtenstein
  18. Lithuania
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Marshall Islands
  21. Mexico
  22. Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Niue
  25. Portugal
  26. Senegal
  27. Sweden
  28. Switzerland
  29. Tuvalu
  30. Vanuatu

Sub-national governments

  1. Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  2. City of Honolulu, USA
  3. City of Melbourne, Australia
  4. City of Los Angeles, USA
  5. City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  6. City of Sydney, Australia
  7. City of Vancouver, Canada
  8. Govern de les Illes Balears – Government of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  9. Province of Alberta, Canada
  10. Province of British Columbia, Canada
  11. Province of Ontario, Canada
  12. Province of Quebec, Canada
  13. Scotland, UK
  14. State of California, USA
  15. State of Connecticut, USA
  16. State of Hawaii, USA
  17. State of Minnesota, USA
  18. State of New York, USA
  19. State of Oregon, USA
  20. State of Washington, USA
  21. Welsh Government, Wales, UK
  22. South Chungcheong, Republic of Korea

Businesses and organizations

  1. Alterra Power Corp.
  2. ArcTern Ventures
  3. Autodesk
  4. Avant Garde Innovations
  5. British Telecommunications
  6. Canadian GeoExchange Coalition
  7. CCLA Investment Management Limited
  8. Diageo
  9. Drax
  10. DSM
  11. Econet Group
  12. EcoSmart
  13. Electricité de France (EDF)
  14. Engie
  15. GreenScience
  16. Iberdrola
  17. Kering
  18. Marks and Spencer
  19. Natura Cosmetics
  20. Ørsted
  21. Pacific Islands Development Forum
  22. Salesforce
  23. SSE
  24. ScottishPower
  25. Storebrand
  26. Unilever
  27. Virgin Group
  28. XPND Capital
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