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Powering Past Coal


Partnering with the United Kingdom, Canada is proud to lead an international movement – the Powering Past Coal Global Alliance.

Through this alliance, made up of businesses and all levels of government, we are taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power.

On November 16, 2017, led by Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, and the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Claire Perry, the alliance met for the first time at the UN Climate Change conference in Bonn, Germany.

  1. Government partners commit to phasing out existing traditional coal power in their jurisdictions, and to a moratorium on any new traditional coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.
  2. Business and other non-government partners commit to powering their operations without coal.
  3. All partners commit to supporting clean power through their policies and investments, and to restricting financing for traditional coal power without carbon capture and storage.

Powering Past Coal partners agree that phasing out traditional coal-fired electricity is one of the most important steps the international community can take to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement.

Partners also agree the phase-out of traditional coal-fired electricity can be done in a sustainable manner that will allow their economies to remain strong.

Over the next year, Canada will work to grow the alliance to 50 partners by next fall’s UN climate change conference, to continue the momentum towards a safer climate, healthier people, and a clean economy.