Coal accelerating to history

But our job is not done after COP26

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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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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. It’s 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 and protect our air, water, and climate.

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HEATING

Coal has 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 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 and protect our air, water, and climate.

Learn More
HEATING
HEATING

Coal has 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 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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NO REASON FOR EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO GREENLIGHT POLISH HARD COAL SUBSIDIES

The Polish government wants to launch a massive rescue mission for the country’s loss-making hard coal mining, with the hope that State aid will keep it on life support until 2049 – one minute to midnight for the EU to become net zero. Such a plan not only contravenes EU competition law, it will severely […]

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Coal accelerating to history – but our job is not done after COP26

The Glasgow climate negotiations closed with a first ever inclusion of coal and fossil fuels in the Glasgow climate pact. This confirms what we already knew: coal is history. The wave of coal phase out commitments in Europe continued in the run up to, and during the United Nations climate negotiations, and we encouragingly witnessed […]

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Fast Fish: Pioneers of Spain’s Energy Transition

The end of Spain’s coal indus­try presents com­mu­ni­ties on the front line with numer­ous chal­lenges and opportunities. Find out how one former mining town has set about adapting to a post-coal world by retrofitting an old coal mine to produce emission-free heat for the community.

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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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