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quinta-feira, 9 de novembro de 2017

Bloomberg pledges $50m to help Europe bin coal

Michael Bloomberg has earmarked $50m for the international effort against coal dependency.
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Fresh from announcing at the COP23 climate conference in Bonn a renewed commitment of $64m to the domestic Beyond Coal campaign, UN Special Envoy Michael Bloomberg has pledged $50m to kick start an international effort to end coal dependency.

Marking his first investment in efforts outside the US to move away from coal and embrace clean, renewable energy, the former New York mayor’s grant will be used to boost ongoing work and projects.

The European Climate Foundation will be the leading partner for the campaign in Europe, a continent which still generates more than 21% of its power from coal, although a number of countries and cities have recently put a deadline on phasing out the fossil fuel, including Italy and Berlin.

Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

Italy plans to phase out coal power plants by 2025, the country’s industry minister said during a presentation of a new energy strategy on Tuesday (24 October), joining a growing trend of moving away from coal in the EU.

Bloomberg said in a statement that “by helping civil society to scale up this work internationally, we can help other countries reach and exceed their climate goals and reduce the amount of death and disease caused by coal plants”.

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