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Coal Regions in Transition - Insights from the UK Coal Phase Out Experience

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Representatives of the UK Government, local administrations and businesses will share their experience of phasing out coal.

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As the official host of COP26 in November 2021 in Glasgow, the UK Government’s role in shaping the future of climate change is key. As the world recovers from the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to put the global energy sector on a clean, low-carbon and resilient growth trajectory. Climate change affects every single one of us and we all have a part to play in championing action for a sustainable future.

The UK was the first developed nation to set a net-zero target for 2050. It has been at the forefront of international efforts to find a path away from coal, including through its co-leadership of the Powering Past Coal Alliance. Britain’s reliance on coal for electricity has fallen from 70% in 1990 to less than 3% today. It was also the first country in the world to commit officially to phasing out its coal operations. Originally slated for 2025, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this year that the UK would bring its coal phase out deadline forward by one year to 2024.

This virtual event aims to share lessons learned from the UK’s experience in coal phase out. It outlines what role the government, local authorities and businesses have been playing in the country’s transition towards clean energy.

The event will be opened by the UK’s Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng.

A final programme of the day will be circulated closer to the event date.

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