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POLAND BACKTRACKS ON COP26 COAL EXIT PLEDGE

November 5, 2021 9:18 am Published by

Polish Climate and Environment minister Anna Moskwa has confirmed that Poland intends to phase out coal only in 2049, contradicting her government’s commitment to the COP26 Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement just hours after signing it.

POLAND JOINS INTERNATIONAL COALITION TO EXIT COAL

November 4, 2021 1:06 am Published by

Poland has joined a coalition of 190 countries and organisations in a new commitment to phase out coal power in line with the science of the Paris Climate Agreement, and end all support for new coal power plants. This signals a major change for Europe’s coal stronghold, but only if followed by new renewable energy targets and a 2030 coal phase out plan.

CROATIA ANNOUNCES 2033 COAL PHASE OUT

November 2, 2021 8:59 pm Published by

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković used his opening address at the COP26 climate meeting in Glasgow today to announce that his country will phase out its only coal plant, the 300MW Plomin, making Croatia coal free by 2033 at the latest. Croatia is the twenty first European country to commit to ending the use of coal power since the Paris Agreement was signed.

THE COMMISSION MUST LIVE UP TO ITS EUROPEAN GREEN DEAL PROMISE AND STOP SUBSIDIES TO FOSSIL FUEL COMPANIES, EXPERTS WARN

October 8, 2021 2:15 pm Published by

European climate, environmental and health NGOs have sent an open letter to the European Commission urging it to ensure that bloc-wide guidelines on energy subsidies do not allow taxpayers’ money to be used for bailing out fossil fuel operators. The world is watching and the EU needs to show leadership in helping the transition away from all fossil fuels as soon as possible, the letter says.

TURKEY RATIFIES THE PARIS AGREEMENT, DOOMING A DOZEN PLANNED COAL PLANTS

October 7, 2021 3:10 pm Published by

Turkey’s parliament has unanimously voted to ratify the Paris Agreement ahead of the UNFCCC COP26 climate conference. President Ergodan announced the country’s intention to ratify the Paris Agreement along with a 2053 net zero target last month at the UNGA, and this ratification marks a major shift in Turkey’s climate policy, effectively ruling out any significant long-term future for coal.

NEW COALITION SEEKS EU BAN ON FOSSIL FUEL ADVERTISING

October 1, 2021 5:08 pm Published by

An effort to outlaw greenwashing by fossil fuel companies across the European Union launched today, with more than 20 organisations representing millions of Europeans launching a European Citizens’ Initiative to “Ban Fossil Fuel Advertising and Sponsorships”.

NEW REPORT SETS OUT ROADMAP FOR PARIS-COMPATIBLE TURKISH COAL POWER EXIT

November 2, 2021 12:12 pm Published by

Turkey can be coal free by 2030 if fossil fuel companies are made financially responsible for their externalities in line with the ‘polluter pays’ principle, and the government ends subsidies for coal, according to a new report published by Europe Beyond Coal, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, Sustainable Economics and Finance Research Association (SEFiA), WWF-Turkey (World Wildlife Fund), Greenpeace Mediterranean, 350.org and Climate Change Policy and Research Association.