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.

HEALTH

Many thousands of Europeans are estimated to die early each year because of air pollution from coal power plants. Air pollution from these plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems and other severe health impacts.

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PEOPLE

The coal industry is coming to the end of its life. This is good for people whose health is harmed by the pollution it creates, but bad for the workers and communities whose jobs are connected to it.

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ENVIRONMENT

The mining and burning of coal pollute our air and water, damages ecosystems, destroys villages and productive agricultural land, and are driving the climate crisis.

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FINANCE

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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HEALTH
HEALTH

Many thousands of Europeans are estimated to die early each year because of air pollution from coal power plants. Air pollution from these plants is linked with asthma, cancer, heart and lung ailments, neurological problems and other severe health impacts.

Learn More
PEOPLE
PEOPLE

The coal industry is coming to the end of its life. This is good for people whose health is harmed by the pollution it creates, but bad for the workers and communities whose jobs are connected to it.

Learn More
ENVIRONMENT
ENVIRONMENT

The mining and burning of coal pollute our air and water, damages ecosystems, destroys villages and productive agricultural land, and are driving the climate crisis.

Learn More
FINANCE
FINANCE

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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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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