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Bright Blue, the independent think tank for liberal conservatism, responds to the Government’s announcement that it is bringing forward the deadline for the phase-out of coal by a year to October 2024

Commenting, Andrew Leming, Researcher in Energy and Environment, said: 
“The Government is wise to implement an accelerated timeline for ending the UK’s use of coal power. This decision has crucial implications for the UK’s leadership at COP26 and sets a strong example for the world, and particularly developed countries, to follow.”
A call to bring forward the phase out of coal from 2025 was included in Bright Blue’s Keeping the Lights On report released in June 2016.
  • The Government should proceed with its coal phase-out plans. There are significant carbon and air pollution benefits of phasing coal out sooner, rather than later.
  • The phase-out of coal should be brought forward to at least 2023 so, while this new announcement is a step in the right direction, the Government should go even further.
  • Bringing forward the phase-out will give investors greater certainty, particularly those planning new gas capacity. This can be achieved without threatening security of supply.