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The Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA) is the world’s leading coalition of governments and businesses working to accelerate global coal phase out. To meet the Paris Agreement, analysis shows that phase-out of unabated coal is needed no later than by 2030 in the OECD and EU, and no later than by 2040 in the rest of the world. Our membership continues to grow, reflecting the increasing significance and impact of our work.

Read more on the benefits of joining the PPCA and click on the buttons below to find out more about our successes and current members.

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Credibility & Recognition

We showcase your achievements in phasing out coal to governments and businesses around the world.

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Knowledge & Expertise

We share lessons and adopt practical initiatives to support your transition away from coal.

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Leadership Platform

We create opportunities for you to improve coal phaseout plans of other governments and businesses.



Joining the PPCA means committing to take concrete action as a national or sub-national government, utility, business, or industry institution to achieve the phase out of unabated coal on timelines aligned with the Paris Agreement.

We therefore encourage all members to endorse the PPCA Declaration.

Government members commit to phasing out existing unabated coal power generation and to a moratorium on any new coal power stations without operational carbon capture and storage, within their jurisdictions.

Business and other non-government members commit to powering their operations without coal.

All members commit to supporting clean power generation through their policies (whether public or corporate, as appropriate) and investments, and to restricting financing for unabated coal power generation, i.e. without carbon capture and storage

Read more on the specific commitments required from each kind of member below.

National Governments

We encourage all national governments, as they join the Alliance, to endorse the PPCA declaration.

For national governments that are not in a position to endorse the PPCA declaration and may need additional support, we also welcome national governments to join if they can commit instead to:

  • stop building new unabated coal plants domestically
  • stop providing international finance to unabated coal
  • set a phase-out date for unabated coal
  • align policies with the Paris Agreement goal to limit global temperature rise to well below 2°C, with efforts to limit it to 1.5°C.

Subnational Governments

Subnational government members of the PPCA commit to using all policy and regulatory levers under their authority, and to encouraging national governments, other subnational governments and businesses in their respective countries to phase out unabated coal power: by 2030 in the OECD and EU, and by no later than 2040 in the rest of the world.



Private sector members of the PPCA commit to:

  • Electricity suppliers or generators commit to stopping building new unabated coal-fired power plants and to phasing out those that exist, by 2030 in the OECD and EU, and by no later than 2040 in the rest of the world.
  • Financial institutions commit to restricting finance and financial services to new and existing unabated coal fired power generation, in line with the PPCA’s Finance Principles.
  • Large consumers of electricity commit to powering their operations without unabated coal-fired electricity, by 2030 in the OECD and EU, and by no later than 2040 in the rest of the world.



Want to become a member of the PPCA? Follow the following steps to submit your application to become a member of the Alliance.

If you have any questions about PPCA’s work or how to become a member, please get in touch with the PPCA Secretariat.

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Confirm your Commitment

Send a letter or email to confirm your commitment to the Alliance goals.

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Contact Person

Identify a contact person that the Secretariat can share news and information about meetings, events, announcements, etc with. We would like to keep our members informed and engaged as the Alliance grows.

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Short Points

Provide a few short points to highlight what your government or business is doing to support coal phase-out.

PPCA Declaration

The PPCA Declaration was launched on 16 November 2017, at COP23 in Bonn. It sets out our collective commitment to accelerate the transition from coal to clean energy. We commit to achieve that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, including appropriate support for workers and communities. We will also encourage our peers to join us in the Powering Past Coal Alliance to build a better world for our kids and grandkids.