This is one of the most comprehensive databases of Europe’s coal plants available. Use the Maps and Charts tabs to explore details about Europe’s worst emitting plants, the damage they do to people’s health, which countries have committed to 2030 phase outs and more.
The European Coal Plant Countdown counts all coal plants in the EU, the UK, Turkey, and the Western Balkan countries that have retired or announced to do so by latest 2030 since January 2016. In addition, it lists all active new coal projects. It works with the category of ‘plants’ or ‘projects’ (not on the basis of units or gigawatts) and seeks to have a certain plant-specific proof of retirement or cancellation before counting a plant.*
The Coal Exit Timeline logs all important events since 2016 that brought us closer to a coal-free Europe by 2030. Most of these events result in a change of countdown, such as the announcement of a plant closure or the cancellation of a new coal project. But we also keep track of announcements of intent, e.g. by governments, to phase out coal in their country by a certain year, or other decisive steps towards the closure or cancellation of plants, such as lost court cases.
Romania fast-forwards coal exit to 2030
The Romanian government has published an emergency law for the phase out of coal by 2030. It is expected to be approved within a month. It constitutes a two year acceleration of the country’s original coal exit plan announced last September, and clears the way for Romania to exploit its enormous solar and wind energy potential.
Slovakia moves ahead with coal phase out as solution to energy crisis
Slovakia confirms that its 266MW Nováky coal power plant will close in 2023, demonstrating that European countries can proceed with their coal phase out plans and reduce their dependence on Russian fossil fuels at the same time.
SLOVENIA ADOPTS COAL EXIT PLAN
The Slovenian government has announced that it will phase out coal by 2033 at the latest. The plan lacks ambition when compared to the coal phase out dates of peer countries like Slovakia (2030), North Macedonia (2027) and Greece (2025), and falls short of the country’s responsibility on climate change. Nevertheless, it brings a Paris-aligned, pre-2030 coal phase out within reach.
Czechia announces 2033 coal phase out
The new Czech government has announced Czechia will phase out coal by 2033 in its programme statement. It's the 22nd European country to formalise a coal exit but joins five others in announcing a Paris Agreement incompatible date.
Spanish energy company Endesa closes 1160 MW Litoral coal plant
Spanish energy company Endesa has closed its 1160MW Litoral plant in Almeria. The company plans to construct 1.5 GW of renewable power (mainly solar) to replace the plant, creating more than 2,000 jobs during construction and 400 in operational and maintenance roles thereafter.
This crowd-sourced repository includes key information like capacity, commissioning year, ownership, status, geodata, historic emissions of CO2 and pollutants, modelled plant-level health impacts on population caused by pollutants and more. Minimum plant size is 15 MWe.
We publish this database under an Open Database License (ODbL) v1.0. For more information please click here. The full license can be found here.
We update the data quarterly. This is a crowd-sourced effort and your input on changes and potential bugs is highly appreciated.
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