Data sources and methodology
Every data point at unit level has been individually researched and sourced. Types of sources include official plant lists of government bodies, permits, company websites, company reports, news articles, and tenders. In a few cases utilities or authorities were called directly or on-site visits were undertaken.
New coal project data comes from the Global Coal Plant Tracker.
Emissions data (EU only):
CO2 emissions: EU Emissions Trading System data fromEuropean Union Transaction Log (EUTL)
Pollutant concentrations are modelled with the European Commission approved Open Source EMEP/MSC-W chemical transport model. We rely on input data provided by EMEP/MSC-W, ECMWF and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute.
Health data (EU only) and associated economic impacts:
The methodology for modelling the health impacts and associated costs of coal pollution is almost identical to: Europe’s Dark Cloud – How coal-burning countries are making their neighbours sick. A high level summary of this methodology, including any changes we have made compared to the original report (to incorporate the most recently available data), is available on the website for download.
Download European Coal Plant Database
This is the raw data on which these tools have been built. It is the most comprehensive, up-to-date set of data on the entire European coal power plant fleet, covering all EU-28, Western Balkans, and Turkey. All information comes from a combination of official sources and national campaign groups and is provided under an open source “share alike” license. The datatool will be updated on a continual basis.
Europe Beyond Coal does its best to deliver a high quality of the Database and to verify that the data contained therein have been selected on the basis of sound judgement. It is based on all relevant data known of by the collaborators of Europe Beyond Coal, but may not be exhaustive, and there may exist further or updated information that they were not aware of. Europe Beyond Coal makes no warranties, and shall not be liable for any damage that may result from errors or omissions in the Database.