The tide turns against Coal #3 – February 2015

Pledge 3 of the Climate Coalition agreement endorsed by the leaders of the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties 14th February 2015:

  • To seek a fair, strong, legally binding, global climate deal which limits temperature rises to below 2°C
  • To work together, across party lines, to agree carbon budgets in accordance with the Climate Change Act
  • To accelerate the transition to a competitive, energy efficient low carbon economy and to end the use of unabated coal for power generation

“We did however add in one line, which had never been publicly agreed, even though it was implicit in UK energy policy, which was that the leaders agreed to end the use of unabated coal for power generation. As you may be aware the government has left loopholes in current energy policy which allows old coal plant to continue operation well in to the 2020’s and  it is causing some concern at the Committee on Climate Change, and appears to have stalled the coal to gas switch  which has been occurring gradually in the UK for over two decades. The statement does not offer dates or mechanisms but it is the first time any major industrial nation has agreed to phase out coal publicly.” Matthew Spencer, Director Green Alliance, who negotiated the Leaders Pledge on behalf of the Climate Coalition

And see The tide turns against Coal #1 and #2