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 and Air Pollution program 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.