15 October 2020
Overview of national phase-out announcements October 2020
Status October 2020
Many national governments have stated their intention to phase-out coal. Currently 15 European countries have announced their intention to exit coal. Three of these, Belgium, Austria and Sweden have now become coal power free. Of the 15 that have announced their intention to exit coal, Germany is the only country that wants to exit 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.
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