Paris Agreement Coal Phase Out

Climate analysis arguing that the German Coal Commission must review its exit plan by 2020 to bring Germany into line with the Paris agreement. There are no plans to abandon coal-fired power plants in South Africa and, in fact, the country is investing in the construction of huge quantities of new coal-fired power plants to meet electricity needs, as well as in the modernization of existing coal-fired power plants to meet environmental requirements. Japan is at a crossroads ahead of the G20 presidency in 2019. Its potential role as a leader in climate ambitions and clean technology depends on the fact that it makes the right decisions to establish a sunset for electricity generated from coal. This change should include both national energy policy and funding for coal technology abroad – a joint briefing by Matthew Webb (E3G) and Paola Yanguas Parra. Air pollution from coal-fired power plants knows no borders. Therefore, coal-fired power plants in one country are a problem for all of us, which harms public health, even in countries that do not have coal-fired power plants. Please look at our reports on chronic coal pollution and the real cost of coal: Mugla reports on how coal-fired power plants in the Western Balkans and Turkey are exacerbating this problem. Recent experience in Europe, where the political will to fight climate change is strongest, shows how difficult it will be to meet these challenges. Germany, Europe`s largest coal consumer, has announced the phasing out of its coal-fired power plants, but only in 2038, although the average age of German power plants is around 30 years.

And the German government still had to offer 40 billion euros ($45 billion) as compensation to regional governments, businesses and workers. More recently, lawmakers in Brussels have faced backlash by reducing the amount provided for in a broad environmental stimulus package for coal-dependent countries, such as Poland. Towards the end of 2016, Canada announced that it would remove coal from its energy mix by 2030. Four of the country`s ten provinces operate coal-fired power plants, which together account for about 10% of their total carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. You can see it in the table below, which shows the economic cost of exiting coal (axis x) compared to co-benefits (axis y). Every country or region to the left of the red polka dot line would see an overall net benefit from the abandonment of coal. Keep in mind that this does not have the benefits of slowing climate change, but only the broader environmental and public health benefits. The German government is ready to make a proposal to exit coal, Clean Energy Wire, January 28, 2019 California SB 1368 has created the first government moratorium on new coal-fired power plants in the United States.

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