Global governments launch unprecedented initiative to end new coal power

Coal power project in DR Congo [Image: courtesy]
Africa—For the first time, a diverse group of developed and developing countries has teamed up to give impetus to global efforts to end new coal-fired power generation.

Their new initiative requires signatories to immediately seize permitting and end new construction of unabated coal-fired power generations projects by the end of the year.

These countries are calling upon all other governments to take these steps and join the compact ahead of the UN Climate Summit COP26 to help deliver on the summit’s ambitious goal to “consign” coal power to history”.

No new coal compact responds to UN Secretary General’s call for countries to end construction of new coal-fired power this year, at the first step to keep the 1.5-degree census goal within the reach and avoid the catastrophic events of climate change.

The announcement was made today at the UN High-level Dialogue on energy in the form of an energy compact signals commitment of the signatories to take decisive action to end new coal construction and lead other countries by example.

Energy compacts are living documents and other countries are encouraged to join. The group aims to gather the largest number of new signatories as soon as possible.

The UN High-level Dialogue on Energy is a Secretary-General-led summit discussing energy for the 1st time in forty years. It recognizes the crucial role of energy in advancing climate change goals, as well as development priorities including COVID recovery processes.

The countries launching the compact can advocate for other countries to commit to “no new coal power”, speaking from the strong foundation of their own experience.

Sri Lanka, Nigeria, DRC, and South Africa have recently shown leadership in canceling new coal projects and making political statements est that they will no longer pursue new coal power.

The signing recognizes that countries, workers, and communities in the developing world require support in moving away from coal power generation in an unstainable and economically inclusive way.