As of March 23, Europe is halfway to closing all of its coal power plants by 2030, Europe Beyond Coal said, adding that the 162 plant closure announcements required to reach this point have come in the five years since the historic UN Paris Climate Agreement. Europe Beyond Coal’s countdown covers all 324 coal plants operational in Europe as of 1 January 2016.

The all important 162nd coal plant closure announcement was delivered by EDF, which confirmed it will close its West Burton coal plant in 2022. “This is a highly significant milestone given that the latest possible date that all coal power plants in Europe must shut down to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement is 2030,” Europe Beyond Coal said in an emailed note.

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