Twenty countries and two U.S. states join an international pact to phase out coal from power generation within 15 years. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT. NO REPORTER NARRATION. Twenty countries and two states in the U.S. have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, environment ministers said on Thursday (November 16). 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. The Powering Past Coal Alliance brings together many of these countries and others that will commit to phasing out coal, sharing technology to reduce emissions, such as carbon capture and storage, and encouraging the rest of the world to cut usage. Coal is responsible for more than 40 per cent of global emissions of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. The alliance includes Angola, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, the Marshall Islands, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Portugal and Switzerland, ministers said. The U.S. states of Washington and Oregon, as well as five Canadian provinces have also signed up. The alliance, which is not legally binding, aims to have at least 50 members by the next U.N. climate summit in 2018 to be held in Poland's Katowice, one of Europe's most polluted cities. But some of the world's biggest coal users, such as China, India, the United States, Germany and Russia, have not joined.