Press releases

Coal plant retirements gain pace in Europe

Coal plant closure momentum is growing in Europe this month, with four German plants retiring or announcing retirement in March, and Ireland committing to a total coal phase out by 2025.

NGOs Call on Rotterdam Harbour to End Coal Shipments

Europe Beyond Coal groups and other NGOs have called on the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb; the CEO of Rotterdam Port, Mr Allard Castelein; and the Rotterdam City Council, to phase-out coal transshipments.

Estonia makes surprise push for coal subsidies

The Estonian EU Presidency is suggesting to allow massive coal subsidies in the new EU power market rules. It has proposed changes eliminating the carbon intensity threshold for existing coal plants – allowing them to use public money to stay open longer and even extend their lifetimes.

Civil Society Joins Forces to Push Europe Beyond Coal

Bonn, Germany, November 2, 2017: To combat the worsening impacts of climate change and air pollution, civil society groups across 28 nations are today launching Europe Beyond Coal, a collective campaign to catalyse and hasten the move away from coal and towards clean renewable energy.


Europe is not fighting hard enough to keep out coal subsidies

To prevent coal subsidies, the European Commission proposed a CO2 threshold for power plants to receive public subsidies. However, due to last minute edits from current EU President, Estonia, the door will be open for existing high-carbon power plants to receive...

Deutsche Welle – Wie schnell kommt der Kohleausstieg in der EU?

Die Erderwärmung soll auf möglichst 1,5 Grad begrenzt werden. Auf der Klimakonferenz in Bonn wird deshalb über den Kohleausstieg diskutiert. Weltweit gewinnt dieser an Fahrt. Auch in der EU? Knapp ein Fünftel aller Treibhausgase in der EU kommen aus den...

Italy joins countries committed to taking Europe Beyond Coal

The journey to a coal free Europe is one step closer after Italy joined the growing list of countries that have promised to phase out coal in the coming years. The announcement from the Italian government that all its coal plants will close by 2025 mirrors similar...