Israel, Scotland, Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney going coal free

At the COP24 United Nations climate change summit December 13, the Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) welcomed six new members: 

  • Israel
  • Scottish Government
  • City of Sydney
  • City of Melbourne
  • Senegal
  • Scottish Power. 

The PPCA is a coalition of national and sub-national governments, businesses and organisations working to advance the transition from unabated coal power generation to clean energy.

With these additions, the PPCA now totals 80 members.

In joining, these 6 entities join the other PPCA members not only in reducing their coal power generation but also in sharing their skills, experience and best practices to help support and advance the phase out of coal power generation.


Israel announced its intention to be coal free by 2030 and is actively working to reduce the share of coal in its electricity mix.


It is expected that by the end of 2018, more than 70 per cent of electricity production in Israel will be based on natural gas and renewable energy, in contrast to 2015 when more than 50 per cent of electricity production was from coal. 

Solar power plants with a capacity of more than 141 Megawatts were added in 2018. The share of renewable energy sources in the installed electricity generation capacity, currently 23%, will increase by 30% in 2019.

City of Sydney

Having successfully reduced emissions by 20 per cent whilst the economy expanded by 37 per cent over the last decade, Sydney has shown that ambitious action on climate change is possible and compatible with strong economic growth.
Moving forward Sydney has set a target of 2035 to complete the transition to using 100 per cent renewable electricity.

City of Melbourne

The City of Melbourne has developed a draft Climate Change Mitigation Strategy that is aligned to the Paris Climate Agreement and commits to phasing out coal-fired electricity.

Scottish Government

Unabated coal power generation has been stopped in Scotland, with the last coal power station closing in 2016, and should there ever be any new application then it must have carbon capture and storage technology.

Scottish Power

Cover Image, Coal Plant: Pixabay Benita 5

Scottish Power joins its parent company, Iberdrola, in the PPCA and become the first integrated energy company in the UK to shift completely from fossil fuel generation to wind power. Over the last decade ScottishPower has closed all of its coal power stations and, with the planned sale of the remaining gas-fired plant, all of its power generation capacity will come from renewable energy sources.  The company is also calling for the UK to target net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest.

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