We’ve all seen them when out and about, the big funnels spitting out cloud upon cloud of grey or black matter. It’s sickening to look at and we all know that pollution is damaging our planet.
In case you missed it, there has been some big news. In a surprising move in the run up to the general election, David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband launched a joint pact stating that the UK will aim to be the first major economy to end unabated [constant] coal burning.
Between 2010 – 2013, there was a 19% increase in emissions from coal-fired power stations and in the first part of 2014, UK coal power plants accounted for up to 37% of electricity generations.
But the government’s climate change advisors, the Committee on Climate Change, have said that in order to meet legally binding climate change commitments “there can be no role for conventional coal generation in the UK beyond the early 2020s.” – if this can reduce our carbon footprint then this is great news.
Greenpeace launched a campaign to request political parties to stop burning coal so profusely. A train carrying coal to Cottam power station (owned by EDF) was stopped last year and cargo unloaded. What Greenpeace are campaigning for is to phase out coal around the early 2020s. Find out more about Greenpeace’s campaign against the use of coal here.
The next step is to make sure political leaders commit to a date by which they will phase out coal. Greenpeace is calling for a phase out of coal by the early 2020s, in line with advice from the Committee on Climate Change. Read more on the dangers of coal burning here.