Although there are around 280 coal power plants and dozens of coal mines in operation in the EU, the end of coal is inescapable. Some countries in Europe are now pushing for a complete phase-out of coal over the next one to two decades. Others are restricting the use of the fuel.

At the EU level, the outlook on coal is also getting bleaker by introducing tougher European regulations, especially on air pollution.

Out third coal brifing This briefing highlights the most important positive steps governments and local authorities are taking to move beyond coal. We also include some examples of anti-coal policies outside of Europe.

Read our second coal briefing on coal subsidies in Europephere (206 KB)

Looking for the first briefing, on the coal threat in Europe? pdf Check it out (319 KB)