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TRACKING OUR PROGRESS TOWARDS A COAL‑FREE FUTURE


To fix the climate crisis, the world needs to stop burning coal as fast as possible.


One-third of all carbon emissions come from burning coal, making it the single largest contributor to climate change.


Thankfully, advancements in renewable energy technologies mean that coal is no longer necessary and the work to phase it out is already well underway. The US has shuttered or announced plans to retire more than 65% of its coal plants over the last decade, and nearly half of Europe’s coal fleet has been confirmed for retirement in just the past five years. Progress isn’t just happening — it’s accelerating.


The Bloomberg Global Coal Countdown has one singular mission: To track and count down the world’s remaining coal plant units as decision makers across governments and the private sector work together to accelerate the transition to a clean energy future.

6,580

Global Number of Operating Plant Units

+0.63%

Net Change in 1 Year

2,130,118

Top Global Coal Plant Capacity by MW

+2.22%

Net Change in 1 Year

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OPERATIONAL CAPACITY (MW)

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The Bloomberg Global Coal Countdown provides data on coal capacity and phase-out journey around the world. The Coal Plant Status map shows all existing coal plants of 30 MW or larger, as well as every plant proposed, by their operational status since January 1, 2010. The Phase-Out Status map shows the phase-out commitments of individual countries as of July 2023. The No New Coal Status map shows the no new coal commitments of individual countries as of July 2023.

Data is provided by Global Energy Monitor, University of Maryland Center for Global Sustainability, and Powering Past Coal Alliance.

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Global Coal Plants and Development Pipeline by Status

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Global Coal Plants and Development Pipeline by Status

Global Emission Reduction Scenarios

GHG Emissions from Coal Plants (in GtCO2e)

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Global Emission Reduction Scenarios

GHG Emissions from Coal Plants (in GtCO2e)

Capacity Change 2019-2023 by Region

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Capacity Change 2019-2023 by Region

If you can't measure it, you can't manage it.

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Michael R. Bloomberg

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL’S SPECIAL ENVOY FOR CLIMATE AMBITION AND SOLUTIONS

FOUNDER OF BLOOMBERG LP AND BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES

I am calling on all governments, private companies, and local authorities to… cancel all global coal projects in the pipeline and end the deadly addiction to coal.

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António Guterres

SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

FEATURED ANALYSIS

Global Coal Phase-out: Tracking Coal Plant Retirements,

This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

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December 14, 2023

Global Coal Phase-out: Tracking Coal Plant Retirements,

This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

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December 14, 2023

EPHs transition plan faces heightened scrutiny after new bond issuance

This article reviews the increasing reliance by the Czech energy group EPH on international bonds and flags the risk that the company’s long-term funding access may be constrained by its lack of a transition plan away from fossil fuel generation, including coal plants in Italy an ...

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EPHs transition plan faces heightened scrutiny after new bond issuance

This article reviews the increasing reliance by the Czech energy group EPH on international bonds and flags the risk that the company’s long-term funding access may be constrained by its lack of a transition plan away from fossil fuel generation, including coal plants in Italy an ...

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This 25-page report estimates methane emissions from coal mines may be twice as large as reported by governments.

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Global Coal Phase-out: Tracking Coal Plant R ...

This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

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EPHs transition plan faces heightened scruti ...

This article reviews the increasing reliance by the Czech energy group EPH on international bonds and flags the risk that the company’s long-term funding access may be constrained by its lack of a tra ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

December 14, 2023

EPHs transition plan faces heightened scruti ...

This article reviews the increasing reliance by the Czech energy group EPH on international bonds and flags the risk that the company’s long-term funding access may be constrained by its lack of a tra ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

December 14, 2023

In The Dark: underreporting of coal mine met ...

This 25-page report estimates methane emissions from coal mines may be twice as large as reported by governments.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

November 30, 2023

In The Dark: underreporting of coal mine met ...

This 25-page report estimates methane emissions from coal mines may be twice as large as reported by governments.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

November 30, 2023

Global Coal Phase-out: Tracking Coal Plant R ...

This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

December 14, 2023

Global Coal Phase-out: Tracking Coal Plant R ...

This webpage uses an interactive approach to presenting data on coal plant retirements.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

December 14, 2023

LET’S END COAL NOW.

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