Global Coal and Air Pollution

In order to protect our climate and health needs, the world’s power must move beyond coal to clean energy by 2050. Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Global Coal and Air Pollution program supports international efforts to rapidly transition beyond coal power so we can all breathe cleaner air, benefit from abundant, clean energy and curb climate change.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ mission is to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people – and phasing out coal power in favor of cleaner, healthier forms of energy is essential to that work.

The Global Coal Campaign builds partnerships with a broad coalition of allies to accelerate the replacement of coal-fired power with a 100% clean energy system. The campaign supports the implementation and enforcement of strict air quality standards for coal-fired power pollution, moving the global community towards an overall reduction of particulate matter and away from climate disaster.  

In the United States, our work through the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign has helped retire over half of the nation’s coal plants, proving that transitioning beyond coal isn’t just possible – it’s feasible, and it’s happening now. By convening countries spanning Asia, Europe, the Americas, and Oceania, the Global Coal Campaign uses those same strategies to phase out coal, plant-by-plant. Through a global coalition, we can eliminate 27% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions and keep harmful pollutants out of our air.

Our work in the United States is part of the American Cities Initiative, a suite of investments that empower cities to generate innovation and advance policy that moves the nation forward.

MAINTAINING A RELIANCE ON COAL THREATENS OUR GLOBAL HEALTH

 
Coal is the most carbon intensive fuel per unit of energy, and significantly contributes to air pollution and global climate change. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that nine out of ten people worldwide breathe dirty air, and in 2016 the World Bank estimated that the economic burden of air pollution associated with premature mortality and morbidity cost the global economy US $5.7 trillion, or 4.4 percent of global GDP. No matter how you look at it, it is clear that the environmental, economic, and public health costs of coal power far outweigh the benefits.

The world’s continued reliance on coal power presents a threat to our health, economy, and planet. The Global Coal Campaign is building on the success of other initiatives to accelerate the replacement of coal plants around the world while helping economies harness clean energy, job creation and economic growth.

APPLYING THE BLOOMBERG PHILANTHROPIES APPROACH TO PHASE OUT COAL POWER GLOBALLY

 

  • Identify the problem by looking at existing data
  • Generate ideas and identify evidence-based solutions by convening experts
  • Pilot ideas and invest in data
  • Implement ideas on a large scale
  • Sustain impact through partnerships and funding

 

Partners

The success of this program relies on strong partnerships with organizations around the world. We’re proud to partner with the following groups, alliances and others who are leading in the global coal phase out and air pollution efforts:

 

Regions of focus

  • Europe
  • India
  • China
  • Japan
  • Indonesia
  • South Korea

 

Together, we can create a coal-free, clean future.

WANT TO GET INVOLVED?

  1. SHOW YOUR SUPPORT

    Follow us at @BloombergDotOrg to learn more and spread the word about our global transition to clean energy

  2. LEARN MORE

    Visit our partners Beyond Coal, Beyond Coal Europe, PPCA, and TERI