A coalition formed by more than 40 countries has pledged to completely remove coal (the most polluting of fossil fuels) from its energy matrix over the 2030s and 2040s. The initiative was announced during the COP26, UN conference on the climate crisis in Scotland.
“Nations from all corners of the world have come together in Glasgow to declare that coal will have no role in the future of our energy generation. The ambitious commitments made by our international partners demonstrate that the end of coal is already in sight, ”said Kwasi Kwarteng, UK business secretary, host country of the conference.
As in the case of other fossil fuels, burning coal leads to emissions of CO2 (carbon dioxide), a gas that retains heat close to the Earth’s surface. The point is that coal plants have a high intensity of emissions even when compared to those using natural gas, another source of energy of fossil origin.