A stress test for coal in Europe under the Paris Agreement

The report elaborates a strategy for phasing-out coal in the European Union and its member states and provides a science based shut-down schedule of coal power plants in line with the Paris Agreement long-term temperature goal.

The schedule is underpinned by a discussion of policy changes able to deliver this phaseout at national and EU level. For those member states hosting the majority of coal generation capacity, national circumstances are explored in more depth.

The report’s findings will be presented by the researchers and discussed by European political decision makers and diverse civil society actors.

Key messages from the report are of immediate relevance to current policy debate, in particular the Winter Package and ETS reform, which belong to the current key instruments determining future coal investments and related emissions pathways.