EUROPE WILL BE COAL FREE BY 2030

HEALTH

Closing coal plants saves lives

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PEOPLE

A clean, sustainable future is here

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CLIMATE

The end to global warming is beyond coal

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COSTS

Coal costs the earth

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HEALTH

Closing coal plants saves lives

In 2015 19,500 people died early because of coal pollution from the EU’s coal power plants. It is one of the main causes of air pollution, and the earlier plants and mines are closed, the better the health outcomes across Europe will be. Read More

PEOPLE

A clean, sustainable future is here

Europeans overwhelmingly want the clean renewable energy future that lies beyond coal. Coal workers and communities need support and certainty now to seize the better jobs and economic alternatives that a coal-free future will bring. Read More

CLIMATE

The end to global warming is beyond coal

Coal’s fingerprints are all over climate change, and Europe is not immune from the extreme weather events it is making more intense and frequent. Closing coal plants is one of the quickest and most effective ways for Europe to do its part to reduce global warming. Read More

COSTS

Coal costs the earth

Mining and burning coal pollutes water, damages ecosystems, and exposes people to toxic air pollution. It destroys villages and productive agricultural land, and places an unnecessary strain on our economy and healthcare system. Burning coal also drives climate change, contributing to more frequent and more extreme weather events such as fires, storms and heatwaves, significantly inflating their costs. Read More

EUROPEAN COAL PLANT COUNTDOWN

 

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

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Life with and beyond coal

Coal employs fewer people each year, but its wide health and economic impacts endure. Life beyond coal is brighter, but communities need support to get there. Here are some stories exploring life before and after coal phase outs.

All of Europe’s coal plants mapped


Where is your closest coal power plant, and how dirty is it? Click on the dot to explore the coal plant in Google Maps. All data is from the new Europe Beyond Coal database - the most complete, comprehensive, up-to-date set of data on the entire European coal power plant fleet, covering all EU-28, Western Balkans, and Turkey. Click to find out more.


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