Accelerating the transition from coal to clean power.
Why it matters
The power sector accounts for a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions.
To meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, we need to move away from coal and towards clean power about five times faster than at present. There’s a big opportunity: solar and wind power are now cheaper than coal in most countries, generating more jobs, and giving us cleaner air.
What we are doing
We are working to accelerate a global transition from coal to clean power that benefits jobs, workers, and communities.
In the Energy Transition Council, the political, financial and technical leaders of the global power sector are working together to ensure that clean power is the most attractive option for new power generation for all countries, and to support countries in making an equitable transition away from coal. Six months after the COP26 Climate Summit, the Energy Transition Council held its fifth Ministerial Dialogue affirming the strategic priorities agreed in Glasgow. The focus of the Ministerial was on collaboration to support country climate and energy ambition on the pathway to COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh, marking a new phase of implementation for the work of the Council, with new ETC Rapid Response Facility projects being under consideration. A Chair’s summary of proceedings provides further insight.
At the same time, we are growing the Powering Past Coal Alliance – the coalition of countries, cities, banks and utilities committed to phasing out unabated coal power, and to ending the international financing of new coal plants.
How you can help
Countries, states, cities, investors and utilities can help by:
- Ending coal power: committing to phasing out coal power by 2030 (developed countries) or 2040 (developing countries), and to no new coal plants anywhere; joining the Powering Past Coal Alliance;
- Scaling up clean power, and supporting other countries to do the same; joining the RE100 initiative (businesses);
- Increasing energy efficiency: joining the IEA’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative (countries) and the EP100 initiative (businesses).
Civil society groups can help by mobilising support for all of these actions.