For A Better Future

Why End Coal

Mining and burning of coal has devastating effects on our air and water, our health, our economies, and the global climate.

Coal is the world’s dirtiest energy source. Thousands of people in Europe either die prematurely or suffer from coal related illnesses each year. In 2016 alone it is estimated that just ten companies caused 7,600 premature deaths, 3,320 new cases of chronic bronchitis, and 137,000 asthma symptom days in children. An estimated 5,820 hospital admissions are estimated to be due to coal pollution, as well as over two million lost working days.

Coal is also the single biggest contributor to global climate change. As it is mostly carbon, when burned it produces carbon dioxide, driving global warming, increasingly frequent and the extreme weather events such as droughts and wildfires that stem from it. Communities that live near mines not only suffer from air and water pollution, but are still being displaced, and their lands destroyed.

Exiting coal by 2030 at the latest is essential to meeting the climate goals of the UN Paris Climate Agreement.

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.

Learn More

SOLVING THE COAL PUZZLE

This are the lessons from four years of the coal phase-out policy journey in Europe. With 15 countries that have announced to end coal burning since 2015, we can reflect back on a wealth of policy experience gained in the last four years.

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