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20 companies join international alliance pledging to phase out coal

EDF, Unilever, and Iberdrola have all joined the Power Past Coal Alliance

20 new companies have joined the pledge of 26 nations to phase out coal in a bid to combat global warming.

The new companies who have joined the “Powering Past Coal Alliance” include Unilever, EDF, and Iberdrola.

During a climate summit held by Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, the alliance agreed that coal power should be phased out of rich nations by 2030, with a target of 2050 for remaining countries.

The alliance was launched in November by 19 governments, and already featured companies such as BT, ENGIE, Kering, Diageo, Marks & Spencer, Orsted, Storebrand and Virgin Group.


New nations have also joined the initiative, including Norway, Ethiopia, and Latvia – as well as the state of California, US.

The goals set to completely phase out the use of coal, for both consumption and energy generation, were inline with the 195-nation Paris Climate Agreement.

The pledge argues that coal could be used, however, if for instance greenhouse gas emissions were captured and buried.

Almost 40% of global electricity is provided by coal-fired generators, and big coal users such as China, the US, India, and Russia, have not joined the agreement.

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