At least 15 states join global alliance
to phase out coal by 2030
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[November 16, 2017]
By Nina Chestney and Stine Jacobsen
BONN, Germany (Reuters) - At least 15
countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from
power generation before 2030, delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn
said on Thursday.
Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Chile, Mexico and
the Marshall Islands have joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance,
The alliance aims to have 50 members by the next U.N. climate summit in
2018 to be held in Poland's Katowice, one of Europe's most polluted
But some of the world's biggest coal users, such as China, the United
States, Germany and Russia, have not signed up.
Powering Past Coal comes just days after U.S. administration officials,
along with energy company representatives, led a side event at the talks
to promote "fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation."
The event triggered a peaceful protest by anti-coal demonstrators and
jarred with many ministers who are working on a rule book for
implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, which aims to move the world
economy off fossil fuels.
The alliance was kicked off by Britain, Canada and the Marshall Islands,
who urged other nations to join them in a letter seen by Reuters on
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A coal merchant holds up a lump of coal for the camera in his yard
in Melmerby, northern England November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis
A source close to the matter said signatories to the alliance so far
had been at least a dozen, in addition to some U.S. states, Canadian
provinces and businesses.
"It is a rebuke to (President) Donald Trump from the UK and Canada,
two of America's closest allies, that his obsession for dirty energy
will not spread," said Mohamed Adow, international climate lead at
Since signing the Paris Agreement in 2015, which aims to wean the
world off fossil fuels, several countries have made national plans
to phase out coal from their power supply mix.
(Reporting by Nina Chestney; Editing by Edmund Blair)
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