US delegation at COP24 swimming against the tide on coal

Global transition

Commenting on the US delegation side event promoting coal at COP24 today, Joanna Flisowska from CAN Europe said:

“By claiming that there is no conflict between burning coal and fighting climate change, the US delegation is swimming against the tide on coal. The time for coal is over. The majority of EU countries are either already coal free or have coal phase out dates set for 2030 the latest, others are discussing the coal phase out date. Air pollution, climate change policies and rapidly falling renewables costs are pushing coal-fired power plants to the brink. Attempts to clean up coal through CCS are doomed to fail as they are out of step with the economics.”

The US side event ‘U.S. Innovative Technologies Spur Economic Dynamism’ is taking place today at 13:15 at COP24, in room Wisla:



Ania Drazkiewicz, CAN Europe Head of Communications,, +32 494 525 738

Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe is Europe’s leading NGO coalition fighting dangerous climate change. With over 150 member organisations from 35 European countries, representing over 1.700 NGOs and more than 40 million citizens, CAN Europe promotes sustainable climate, energy and development policies throughout Europe.


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