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 December 2019


  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. Portugal
  28. Senegal
  29. Slovakia
  30. Sweden
  31. Switzerland
  32. Tuvalu
  33. Vanuatu

Sub-national governments

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

Businesses and organizations

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