The move is part of ambitious government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonise the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050.
In 2020, coal represented 1.8 % of the UK’s mix to generate electricity as compared to 40 % nearly a decade ago
Energy and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said:
- Coal powered the industrial revolution 200 years ago, but now is the time for radical action to completely eliminate this dirty fuel from our energy system
- Today we’re sending a clear signal around the world that the UK is leading the way in consigning coal power to the history books and that we’re serious about decarbonising our power system so we can meet our ambitious, world-leading climate targets
- The UK’s net zero future will be powered by renewables, and it is this technology that will drive the green industrial revolution and create new jobs across the country
- Britain is focused on encouraging other countries, big or small, I don't mind, all of them to set a path to come away from coal-fired electricity generation
The rise in the use of renewables thanks to competition, free enterprise and subsidies to kick start new technologies has in turn helped to drive down the cost of green energy, with coal power now more expensive in most countries.