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Europe Seen Leading G20 in Coal Plant Exit as China Adds More

May 21, 2019, 3:02 PM

As Britain, Italy and France lead efforts by the Group of 20 major world economies to phase out coal, progress by the rest of the bloc is sputtering, a new report shows.

G20 nations reduced coal use as a primary energy source by just 0.9% in 2012-2017, according to Climate Transparency, a group of about 14 national environment lobby groups from around the world. China, India and Turkey are planning to add new coal-fired power output equivalent to the total generating capacity of Germany and France.

A near-total cut in coal and other fossil fuel-fired power globally is ...