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

October 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. Italy
  15. Latvia
  16. Liechtenstein
  17. Lithuania
  18. Luxembourg
  19. Marshall Islands
  20. Mexico
  21. Netherlands
  22. New Zealand
  23. Niue
  24. Portugal
  25. Sweden
  26. Switzerland
  27. Tuvalu
  28. Vanuatu

Sub-national governments

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

Businesses and organizations

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