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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.

6,593

Global Number of Operating Plant Units

-0.86%

Net Change in 1 Year

2,067,713

Top Global Coal Plant Capacity by MW

+1.13%

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 2021. The No New Coal Status map shows the no new coal commitments of individual countries as of July 2021.

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

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Capacity Change 2017-2021 by Region

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

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.

António Guterres

SECRETARY-GENERAL OF THE UNITED NATIONS

FEATURED ANALYSIS

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal phase-out strategy

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broader national development goals, we apply a five-dimensional framework that integra ...

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October 22, 2021

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal phase-out strategy

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broader national development goals, we apply a five-dimensional framework that integra ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

No New Coal Factbook

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight. Since 2015, 44 governments (27 in the OECD & EU, 17 elsewhere) have already committed to no new coal, opening a pa ...

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October 07, 2021

No New Coal Factbook

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight. Since 2015, 44 governments (27 in the OECD & EU, 17 elsewhere) have already committed to no new coal, opening a pa ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 07, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic case for a clean energy revolution

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong action to phase out coal and expand renewable, zero-carbon energy could save thousa ...

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September 29, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic case for a clean energy revolution

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong action to phase out coal and expand renewable, zero-carbon energy could save thousa ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 29, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic ca ...

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong act ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 29, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic ca ...

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong act ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 29, 2021

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal p ...

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broade ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal p ...

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broade ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

No New Coal Factbook

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight. Since 2015, 44 governments (27 in ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 07, 2021

No New Coal Factbook

The global pipeline of proposed coal power plants has collapsed by 76% since the Paris Agreement in 2015, bringing the end of new coal power construction into sight. Since 2015, 44 governments (27 in ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 07, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic ca ...

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong act ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 29, 2021

Coal-free cities: the health and economic ca ...

C40 research shows proposed coal expansion will ocst major cities USD 877 Billion, cause quarter-of-a-million premature deaths, and jeopardize climate goals. Analysis of 61 C40 cities shows strong act ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

September 29, 2021

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal p ...

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broade ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

Policy brief: A global plant-by-plant coal p ...

This policy brief series explores near-term coal retirement potentials and develops plant-by-plant retirement pathways to achieve 1.5°C-compatible phaseouts for individual countries. To balance broade ...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE

October 22, 2021

LET’S END COAL NOW.

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