21 April 2020
Overview of national phase-out announcements
Status April 2020
Many national governments have announced their intention to phase out coal. A total of 72.8 gigawatts (GW) of coal power capacity is located in countries which have announced they will phase out coal by 2030 or earlier, putting the coal plants in these countries on a pathway to closure. This corresponds to 40% of Europe’s currently operational coal fleet(48 % in the EU).
Germany’s announcement to phase out coal by 2038 (or possibly 2035) means a further 17GW are set to close after 2030. This document gives an overview of phase-out announcements and decisions in Europe.
Following an announcement, governments need to implement it, which needs to lead to confirmed closure dates on plant level and plans for a managed, just transition away from coal. These actions need to be in line with climate, environmental and health responsibilities, and address the needs of the affected workers, communities, and regions. To be in line with the UN Climate Agreement struck in Paris, Europe and OECD countries need to be coal-power-free by 2030 (or earlier, depending on the country); a fact now also acknowledged by the governments that have signed on to the Powering Past Coal Alliance.