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Coal & the just transition
Coal-fired power plants are the single biggest global source of greenhouse gas emissions. 

To tackle climate change, the EU must end coal power by 2030, in a socially fair way.

Why it matters

Burning coal causes climate change and is not compatible with the EU's climate targets. Pollutants from coal also harm health, cause acid rain, and ground level ozone. Coal mining depletes and contaminates water supplies.

The EU has a ‘Just Transition' fund to help all EU regions reach climate neutrality. Funding must be contingent upon a commitment to ending coal by 2030 and participatory, transparent local just transition plans.  

What WWF is doing

WWF is working to push a socially fair phase-out of coal power by 2030, and of all fossil fuels. Our online platform allows anyone to assess local just transition plans, which so far are not good enough

WWF is part of the Europe Beyond Coal campaign, and runs the 'Regions Beyond Coal' project funded by the German Environment Ministry (EUKI), working with coal region mayors