A safe climate powered by clean electricity
The world needs to rapidly transform the way it generates electricity.
Coal power is still the world’s single largest source of electricity. Coal-fired power accounts for 1/5 of global greenhouse gas emissions, making it the single biggest emitter.
Burning coal for power emits more carbon dioxide than any other source.
Coal is the deadliest source of power due to pollution and accidents.
Coal has damaging impacts on water, land, air and wildlife.
Renewables are now cheaper than new coal, and becoming so for existing coal.
UN Secretary-GeneralPhasing out coal from the electricity sector is the single most important step to get in line with 1.5C goal
The next 20 years are crucial for our planet
The world needs to rapidly halve emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst effects of climate change.
The pathways mapped out by UN IPCC to keep global heating below 1.5C show that almost half of emissions cuts needed by 2030 will come from phasing-out coal power.
The challenge we face is that coal phase-out must happen at the same time as electrification pushes up electricity demand.
Countries need to build new clean power fast enough to both meet rising demand and replace coal.
Keeping global heating below 1.5ºC avoids the worst impacts of the climate crisis.
Coal power must be phased out worldwide by 2040, and in OECD countries by 2030.
Transforming the power sector
Our vision for a zero carbon global electricity system.
Our work is aligned with Sustainable Development Goal 7 and the objectives of the Paris Agreement.
The Paris Agreement
Limiting global warming to well below 2C, preferably to 1.5C. We are behind the goal to reach global peaking of emissions as soon as possible and to achieve a climate neutral world by mid-century.
Sustainable Development Goal 7
Access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all. In particular we’re focused on SDG7.2 and increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix by 2030.