As of this week 6 countries have announced plans to phase out coal-fired electricity generation.  These countries are Canada, France, Germany, Finland, Netherlands and Austria.

France:      plans to phase out all by 2023
Austria:     plans to phase out all by 2025
Germany:  plans to phase out half by 2030; all by 2050
Canada:     plans to phase out all by 2030
Finland:     plans to phase out all by 2030

Netherlands:  plans to phase out all by 2030

Together these 6 countries plan to phase out 265 terrawatt-hours (TWh) of coal power by 2030 and 400 TWh by 2050

The world is currently using 9000 TWh of coal power.

These plans, if met, will mean 3% of current coal power would be phased out by 2030.

However, coal power usage is expected to increase to 12000 TWh by 2040, according to the International Energy Agency. Thus, the real key to the future of coal power usage ultimately depends on how much is used by the largest users  – China, India and other emerging economies in Asia and Africa – over the next few decades.

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