Powering Past Coal Alliance Declaration
In 2015, the world gathered in Paris and committed to taking action to spur clean growth and avoid catastrophic climate change.
Today, coal-fired power plants produce almost 40 percent of global electricity, 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. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.
As a result, phasing out traditional 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 pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 °C.
To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.
The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.
Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.
Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities.
- Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power and placing a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within our jurisdictions.
- Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
- All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments and restricting financing for traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.
To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.
We will also encourage our peers to join us in powering past coal to build a better world for our children and grandchildren.
As founding partners, we will work to grow the alliance to 50 partners by the 24th session of the Conference of the Parties to continue the momentum towards a safer climate, healthier people, and a cleaner economy.
- United Kingdom
- Costa Rica
- El Salvador
- Marshall Islands
- New Zealand
- Province of Alberta
- Province of British Columbia
- State of California*
- Province of Ontario
- State of Oregon
- Province of Quebec
- City of Vancouver
- State of Washington
Businesses and organizations
- Abraaj Group*
- Alterra Power Corp.*
- ArcTern Ventures*
- Avant Garde Innovations*
- CCLA Investment Management Limited*
- Econet Group*
- Electricité de France (EDF)*
- Marks and Spencer*
- Natura Cosmetics*
- Pacific Islands Development Forum*
- Virgin Group*
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