New data reveals decline in toxic emissions from US power plants

The fall in emissions are primarily due to changes in the mix of fuels used in electricity generation, with data revealing a 19% fall in coal generation and an increase in natural gas and renewable production

India’s coal power shrinks for second year in a row

A new study shows coal fell by 5% in 2020, caused by a drop in electricity demand and a rise in solar generation

China ‘built over three times as much coal plant capacity as the rest of the world in 2020’

It commissioned almost 40GW in 2020, equivalent to building more than one large plant every week

UK emissions ‘fell by 44% between 1990 and 2019’

Latest stats show energy sector has decarbonised by 65.5% from 1990 but transport by just 4.6%

Hualong One nuclear reactor starts operations in China

The electricity generated by the reactor is predicted to cut eight million tonnes of CO2 every year

US wind and solar electricity hit new heights

Electrical generation by all renewables has made up 20.7% of the country’s total electrical output in 2020

New initiative to help banks in the Philippines, Mexico and Egypt scale climate finance

It is designed to increase climate lending by participating banks to 30% of their portfolios by 2030, while reducing exposure to coal

IEA forecasts 2.6% rise in global coal demand in 2021

Global coal consumption is estimated to have fallen by 7%, or more than 500 million tonnes, between 2018 and 2020, according to IEA’s report

EU emissions fall to lowest level in three decades as countries ditch coal

The drop was mainly driven by the power sector, where emissions fell by almost 15%, primarily due to coal-fired power production being replaced by electricity from renewables and gas

Vancouver becomes first city to endorse Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

The Treaty aims to foster international co-operation to end expansion into new reserves of coal, oil and natural gas to limit carbon emissions and advance an equitable transition to clean energy

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