The Coal Gap

Planned coal-fired power plants inconsistent with 2°C and threaten achievement of INDCs

Published: 01/12/2015

In order to assess the impact of planned coal-fired power capacity on CO2 emissions, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) has sourced coal plant data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker, which tracks existing, planned, announced coal plants. The Climate Action Tracker team compared the compatibility of projected coal power production with 2°C and 1.5°C pathways, as well as current policy scenario pathways.

Even with no new construction, emissions from coal-fired power generation in 2030 would still be 150% higher than what is consistent with scenarios limiting warming to below 2°C above preindustrial levels. If the planned new coal capacity were to be built, it would exceed the required levels by 400%.

The Climate Action Tracker assessed the impact of planned new coal plants both globally, and in the eight countries that each plan to build more than 5GW of coal power capacity: China, India, Indonesia, Japan, South Africa, South Korea, the Philippines, Turkey – plus the EU28.