An independent climate think-tank focused on accelerating the global electricity transition


An independent climate think-tank accelerating the global electricity transition

Key Research : The Global Electricity Review

Coal fell 3% in 2019

New Analysis: Europe’s coal power collapse exposes steel plants as Europe’s biggest emitters

New EUETS data shows for the first time, the biggest emitter in both the Netherlands and Spain is revealed as a coal-fired blast furnace.

The coronavirus & EU electricity demand

The coronavirus response reduced electricity demand in every country across Europe last week

European Power Sector Review 2019

Our sixth annual review of the electricity transition in Europe shows for the first time wind & solar power overtook coal

The Path of Least Resistance

Our new report investigates how coal power plants just outside European borders are supplying electricity to the EU while avoiding the carbon price.

Solving the coal puzzle

Lessons from four years of coal phase-out policy in Europe

Tracking electricity data

We’re power sector experts who gather, curate and analyse data to empower climate campaign organisations.

Our data & analysis helps to shape the global narrative on coal.

Changing policy

We use our data and analysis to support high impact, politically viable policies that accelerate the coal phase-out.

For example, read our new report on the policy lessons from closing coal in Europe:

Research highlights

The path of least resistance

Electricity generated from coal is leaking into the EU                                                      

Published Jan 2020. Click here for more details:
  • EU countries are increasingly importing ‘tax-free electricity’ from outside the EU

  • ‘Offshore carbon havens’ are building coal plants to meet EU power demand

Playing with fire

Assessing company plans to burn biomass in EU coal power stations

Published Dec 2019. Click here for more details
  • Proposed EU coal-to-biomass projects could increase biomass consumption by the equivalent of five new Drax power stations.
  • 36 million tonnes (MT) of wood pellets would be needed, similar to current global wood pellet production.
  • These projects would produce just 64 TWh of electricity, less than 2% of the EU’s electricity production. In comparison, every year Europe adds an equivalent amount of new wind and solar capacity.

Just Transition or Just Talk?

Draft NECPs reveal some EU countries are planning to stick with coal power beyond 2030

Published May 2019. Click here for more details:
  • To meet the commitments made under the Paris agreement, the EU should phase-out coal by 2030.
  • On current plans, there would still be 60 GW of installed coal capacity in the EU in 2030, a reduction of only 58% compared to current levels (143 GW)

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