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 (PDF) that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030 in the OECD and EU28, and by no later than 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, i.e. 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

As of September 2020

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. Germany
  14. Greece
  15. Ireland
  16. Israel
  17. Italy
  18. Latvia
  19. Liechtenstein
  20. Lithuania
  21. Luxembourg
  22. Marshall Islands
  23. Mexico
  24. Netherlands
  25. New Zealand
  26. Niue
  27. Peru
  28. Portugal
  29. Senegal
  30. Slovakia
  31. Sweden
  32. Switzerland
  33. Tuvalu
  34. Vanuatu

Sub-national governments

  1. Australian Capital Territory, Australia
  2. Baden-Württemberg, Germany
  3. Province of Alberta, Canada
  4. Province of British Columbia, Canada
  5. Gyeonggi, South Korea
  6. Govern de les Illes Balears – Government of the Balearic Islands, Spain
  7. State of California, USA
  8. South Chungcheong, Republic of Korea
  9. State of Connecticut, USA
  10. State of Hawaii, USA
  11. City and County of Honolulu, USA
  12. Province of Ilocos Norte, Republic of the Philippines
  13. Kaohsiung City
  14. City of Los Angeles, USA
  15. City of Melbourne, Australia
  16. State of Minnesota, USA
  17. Province of Negros Oriental, Republic of the Philippines
  18. State of New Jersey, USA
  19. New Taipei City
  20. State of New York, USA
  21. Province of Ontario, Canada
  22. State of Oregon, USA
  23. City of Philadelphia, USA
  24. Puerto Rico
  25. Province of Quebec, Canada
  26. City of Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  27. Seoul, South Korea
  28. Scottish Government, Scotland, UK
  29. City of Sydney, Australia
  30. Taichung City
  31. City of Vancouver, Canada
  32. Welsh Government, Wales, UK
  33. State of Washington, USA

Businesses and organizations

  1. Aberdeen Standard
  2. Alterra Power Corp.
  3. ArcTern Ventures
  4. Autodesk
  5. Avant Garde Innovations
  6. Aviva PLC
  7. AXA Investment Managers
  8. British Telecommunications
  9. Caisse des Dépôts Group
  10. Canadian GeoExchange Coalition
  11. CCLA Investment Management Ltd.
  12. Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church
  13. Church of England Pension Board
  14. Desjardins Group
  15. Diageo
  16. Drax
  17. DSM
  18. EDP Group
  19. Econet Group
  20. EcoSmart
  21. Electricité de France (EDF)
  22. Engie
  23. GreenScience
  24. Hermes Investment Management
  25. Iberdrola
  26. Kering
  27. Legal & General
  28. Marks and Spencer
  29. National Grid ESO
  30. Natura Cosmetics
  31. Ørsted
  32. Pacific Islands Development Forum
  33. Robeco
  34. Salesforce
  35. Schroders
  36. ScottishPower
  37. SSE
  38. Storebrand
  39. Swiss Re
  40. The Church Commissioners for England
  41. Unilever
  42. Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company
  43. Virgin Group
  44. XPND Capital
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