Our history

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

The Canadian and the UK governments launched the Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP23), in Bonn, Germany, in November 2017. There, 27 national, provincial, state and city governments endorsed the Declaration to support the phase-out of unabated coal power.

At the December 2017 One Planet Summit, the Alliance expanded further, adding 24 international organisations, investors, major consumer brands and generators of electricity. By supporting the transition from coal to clean power generation, these leading businesses are helping to move markets and increase financing for cleaner energy choices.

In 2018 at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Global Future of Energy Summit in New York, the co-founders of the Alliance, Ministers McKenna and Perry, signed a letter of collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies to support best practice approaches to the coal transition.

At the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit, a further 10 subnational governments joined the alliance. They were closely followed by South Korea's Chungcheong province, the first Asian member, joining in early October 2018. During the December UN climate change summit (COP24), we welcomed a further six members.

In September 2019, the PPCA responded to the growing demand for support on the transition from coal to clean energy. We enabled membership for national governments that are in the process of developing and implementing ambitious actions on coal phase-out. The UN Climate Action Summit saw seven new members join the alliance, and new partnerships with leading finance sector initiatives.

At the UN Climate Summit COP25 in Madrid, Spain in December 2019, our new Secretariat team was on the ground, enabling government and private sector members to share experience and showcase their leadership in the coal-to-clean transition. We welcomed six new members to the Alliance and announced the creation of a new Finance Taskforce made up of financial institutions seeking to accelerate coal phase-out.

At the 2020 Investor Summit on Climate Risk in June 2020, six leading financial institutions joined us, which brought the Alliance to over 100 members strong.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance now counts 165 members, including 48 national governments, 48 subnational governments and 69 businesses.