COP26 summit: 190 nations and organisations pledge to quit coal

The climate change summit will focus on reducing emissions from energy on Thursday

By John Dunne

Steam rises from cooling towers of the Jaenschwalde lignite coal-fired power plant, which is among the biggest single emitters of CO2 in Europe / Getty Images

Countries are setting out efforts to bring about the end of coal power after 250 years as the COP26 climate talks focus on pollution from energy.

The move at the crucial conference in Glasgow comes as scientists warn that carbon emissions from fossil fuels look set to rebound to close to pre-pandemic levels in 2021 – and could even rise further in 2022.

Initiatives being announced on Thursday include a UK-led coal-to-clean power transition statement committing countries to ending all investment in new coal power generation domestically and internationally and rapidly scaling up deployment of clean power generation.

The statement also sees them commit to phasing out coal power in the 2030s for major economies and the 2040s for the rest of the world and to ensure the shift away from coal power is fair and benefits workers and communities.

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