Powering Past Coal Alliance


Name of initiative Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA)
LPAA initiative No
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address https://poweringpastcoal.org/
Related initiatives
Starting year 2017
End year
Secretariat secretariat@poweringpastcoal.org

Coordinated by E3G and Pembina.

Organisational structure Secretariat. Co-founded and co-chaired by Canadian and UK Governments.
Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Powering Past Coal Alliance
Type of lead organisation Other
Location/Nationality of lead organisation


Description The Powering Past Coal Alliance (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.

The members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of unabated coal, including through climate finance, and to adopt practical initiatives to support this transition, including through developing clean energy plans and targets.

Objectives The commitment is to working together is informed by science-based benchmarks that show that EU and OECD countries must phase out unabated coal-fired electricity generation no later than 2030, with the rest of the world no later than 2050 to limit global warming and the impacts of climate change.
Activities Private sector partners are expected to make a specific commitment by joining the alliance that would contribute to the phase out of unabated coal from the power sector within a timeframe compatible with the Powering Past Coal declaration. The commitment depends on the nature of their business. (Unabated coal power generation refers to the use of coal without any technologies to substantially reduce its CO2 emissions, such as carbon capture and storage).

Large consumers of electricity commit to: Powering their operations without unabated coal-fired electricity. Recognizing that businesses must often connect to the grid in countries that still use coal, fulfilling this commitment can take the form of clean electricity contracts with utilities, Power Purchase Agreements that exclude coal, or the purchase of clean electricity certificates for a company’s operations. For example, commitments such as those made under the RE100 would enable a company to be a partner in the Alliance.

Electricity suppliers or generators commit to: Phasing out unabated coal-fired power stations from their asset base within a timeframe compatible with the Paris Agreement, and not building new unabated coal-fired power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

Investors commit to: Restricting financing to existing unabated coal fired power stations to promote their phase-out within a timeframe compatible with the Paris Agreement, and restricting finance to new unabated coal fired power stations without operational carbon capture and storage.

One or two success stories achieved

Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue
Activity of initiative Policy planning and recommendations
Policy planning and recommendations — Stakeholders endorsing a policy
Value (#)80
Goals Coal phase-out is needed no later than by 2030 in the OECD and EU28.
Comments on indicators and goals The PPCA aims to:

- secure commitments from governments and the private sector to phase out existing unabated coal power; - encourage a global moratorium on the construction of new unabated coal-fired power plants; - shift investment from coal to clean energy, including by working to restrict financing for coal-fired projects; - achieve coal phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, including appropriate support for workers and communities.

How will goals be achieved
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals
Progress towards the goals Using the 2010 starting point, 52% of OECD & EU28 coal capacity has either closed already or is scheduled to close by 2030 - PPCA members are driving this shift.

"Since its launch by the UK and Canadian governments at COP23 in 2017, the PPCA has been increasing its reach and influence. Now over 100 strong and growing, the Alliance is recognized as a key driver of the global energy transition dialogue, and has influenced countries’ plans for the phase-out of coal. The continuous growth of the PPCA’s reach and influence boosts momentum for national actions and international collaboration on coal phase-out. Subnational governments, from cities and states to provinces and territories, are stepping up as inspiring leaders, especially in regions where coal is still a major source of power. Through strategic partnerships and taskforces, the Alliance has mobilized an extensive and diverse network of practitioners to act on coal financing, grid modernization, and a just transition for affected communities. The Alliance has cemented its global presence, bringing ministers, and business and civil society leaders to preeminent meetings shaping the world’s response to the climate crisis."

How are you tracking progress of your initiative
Available reporting


Participants Number Names
Members 117  
Companies 43 Aberdeen Standard Investments (United K.),Alterra Power Corp. (Canada),ArcTern Ventures (Canada),Autodesk (USA),Avant Garde Innovations (USA),Aviva (United K.),Axa Investment Managers (United K.),BT (United Kingdom),Caisse des Dépôts Group (France),CCLA Investment Management (United K.),Church Commissioners for England (United K.),Church of England Pensions Board (United K.),Desjardins Group (France),Diageo (United Kingdom),Central Finance Board of the Methodist Church and Epworth IM (United K.),Drax (United Kingdom),DSM (United Kingdom),Econet Group (Finland),EcoSmart (Belgium),Electricité de France - EDF (France),Engie (France),GeoExchange Coalition (Canada),GreenScience (Canada),Hermes Investment management (United Kingdom),Iberdrola (Spain),Kering (France),Legal and General (United K.),Marks and Spencer (United Kingdom),National Grid ESO (United Kingdom),Natura Cosmetics (Brazil),Ørsted (Denmark),Pacific Islands Development Forum (Fiji),Robeco (Netherlands),Salesforce (USA),Schroders (United Kingdom),Scottish Power (United Kingdom),SSE (United Kingdom),Storebrand (Norway),Swiss RE (Switzerland,The Church Commissioners for England (United Kingdom),Unilever (United Kingdom),Varma Mutual Pension Insurance Company (Norway),Virgin Group (United Kingdom),XPND Capital (Canada).
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 1 Pacific Islands Development Forum (Fiji).
National states 34 Angola,  Austria,  Belgium,  Canada,  Costa Rica,  Denmark,  El Salvador,  Ethiopia,  Fiji,  Finland,  France,  Germany,  Greece,  Ireland,  Israel,  Italy,  Latvia,  Liechtenstein,  Lithuania,  Luxembourg,  Marshall Islands,  Mexico,  Netherlands,  New Zealand,  Niue,  Peru,  Portugal,  Senegal,  Slovakia,  Sweden,  Switzerland,  Tuvalu,  United Kingdom,  Vanuatu.
Governmental actors 0
Regional / state / county actors 28 Australian Capital Territory (Australia),  Alberta (Australia),  British Colombia (Canada),  Balearic Islands (Spain),  California (USA),  South Chungcheong Province (South Korea),  Connecticut (USA),  Hawaii (USA),  Honolulu (USA),  Ilocos Norte (Philippines),  Los Angeles (USA),  Melbourne (Australia),  Minnesota (USA),  Negros Oriental (Philippines),  State of New Jersey (USA),  State of New York (USA),  New Taipei City (Taiwan),  Ontario (Canada),  Oregon (USA),  Philadelphia (USA),  Puerto Rico (USA),  Quebec (Canada),  Rotterdam (Netherlands),  Scottish Government (United Kingdom),  Sydney (Australia),  Vancouver (Canada),  Welsh Government (United Kingdom),  State of Washington (USA).
City / municipal actors 6 Honolulu (USA),  Los Angeles (USA),  Melbourne (Australia),  Rotterdam (Netherlands),  Sydney (Australia),  Vancouver (Canada).
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 5 CCLA Investment Management (United Kingdom),  Hermes Investment Management (United K.),  Shroeders (United K.),  Storebrand (Norway),  The Church Commissioners For England (United K.).
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


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Last update: 10 March 2021 13:23:01

Not only have national states as participators