Higher ambition for our energy transition

means strong commitments from EU ministers on renewable and energy efficiency targets

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Calling Time on Coal: Eastern Greater Poland

Our new mini documentary looks at how people in the region of Eastern Greater Poland have rejected the Polish government’s strategy of burning more coal in favour of planning their own 2030 coal exit to secure the region’s future.

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Decoding Europe's energy crisis

A new web feed with rolling analysis of Europe’s response to the energy crisis

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EU Member State spending on Russian fossil fuels

How much money from the EU is being spent on Russian coal, oil, & gas since the war on Ukraine began?

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New Report: Solar Potential of Coal Sites in Turkey

Turkey's open-cast coal mines can host enough solar energy to power almost seven million homes

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New report

The business plans of major European coal burning utilities do not contain the necessary milestones on fossil fuel phase out and renewables deployment to deliver on their 2050 net zero pledges.

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Kathrin Gutmann wins Climate Breakthrough Award

Europe Beyond Coal’s campaign director, Kathrin Gutmann, is one of three winners of this year’s Climate Breakthrough Award.

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Fast Fish

The transformation of an old coal mine to produce renewable energy is helping the Spanish town of Mieres adapt to life beyond coal.

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EUROPEAN COAL PLANT COUNTDOWN

How many of Europe’s coal plants have retired since January 2016, and how many are left to go?

MOVING BEYOND COAL

TO A RENEWABLES FUTURE

Mining and burning coal has devastating effects on public health, the environment, and the global climate. So does the extraction and burning of fossil gas. They are also holding back many communities, which are being given a false choice between jobs and health, when they can have both, through a just and fair transition to a fully renewables-based energy system. Here’s what we’re working on to make Europe fossil-free:

POWER

We’re in the end game for coal power in Europe, but there is a lot more to do to scale up renewable energy, exit fossil gas and protect our air, water, and climate.

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HEATING

Coal and fossil gas have long been used to heat our homes in winter, but with many new, much cleaner alternatives available we can heat our homes without warming our world.

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COAL REGIONS

As our energy systems modernise, coal regions are facing an uncertain future. They need support to fairly transition to a better future, and have huge potential with renewable energy.

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FINANCE AND CORPORATES

Coal and fossil gas finance is dirty money. The industry is only able to survive because it externalizes the worst costs of its business, and in most cases can only continue to do this as it is on life support from financial institutions.

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POWER
POWER

We’re in the end game for coal power in Europe, but there is a lot more to do to scale up renewable energy, exit fossil gas and protect our air, water, and climate.

Learn More
HEATING
HEATING

Coal and fossil gas have long been used to heat our homes in winter, but with many new, much cleaner alternatives available we can heat our homes without warming our world.

Learn More
COAL REGIONS
COAL REGIONS

As our energy systems modernise, coal regions are facing an uncertain future. They need support to fairly transition to a better future, and have huge potential with renewable energy.

Learn More
FINANCE AND CORPORATES
FINANCE AND CORPORATES

Coal and fossil gas finance is dirty money. The industry is only able to survive because it externalizes the worst costs of its business, and in most cases can only continue to do this as it is on life support from financial institutions.

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STORIES

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Calling time on Coal: Eastern Greater Poland

Poland has the second largest coal industry in the EU, but while the majority of other member states will stop burning the dirtiest of all fossil fuels this decade, Poland has no such plan. That is, except for the coal region of Eastern Greater Poland, which has taken matters into its own hands and plans to be coal free by 2030.

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Hellenic hope: rapid solar build-out transforms Greece’s coal-laden Valley of Tears

Inaugurated in April 2022, the 204MW Kozani solar park, built adjacent to several lignite mines, is the largest utility-scale solar farm in southeastern Europe. The first of a planned 3GW of solar power to be built in the country’s lignite regions, it represents just the beginning of Greece’s ongoing massive expansion of solar generation capacity.

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A Ray of Light

People in Sivas, Eastern Turkey have been breathing the poison of the local Kangal coal-fired power plant for three decades now.

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PARTNERS

Europe Beyond Coal supports and coordinates work with civil society groups working across the European continent, including the European Union, the Western Balkans, Turkey and the UK. Our partners have already had a lot of success moving Europe beyond coal, but there is a lot more to do to speed the transition to a better future for all. A fossil-free, renewables-powered Europe is inevitable, and coming fast. Together, we have the power to bring this better future forward.

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