The UK’s coal capacity is falling fast

Last Modified: Wed Feb 10 2016 21:39:15 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 5
    coal plants in the UK have announced that they would close in 2016 or outlined their upcoming retirement plans. These are: Longannet, Ferrybridge, Eggborough, Fiddler’s Ferry and Rugeley.
  • 8400 MW
    of installed coal-fired capacity will be lost in just one year (2016) - an astonishing amount given that it accounts for 40% of the current capacity.
  • 32 million
    tonnes of carbon emissions from these 5 plants, which is 6% of the total CO2 emissions in the UK. That means UK carbon emissions will likely fall significantly this year.
  • 2025
    by when every coal plant in the UK would be closed - Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced late last year.
  • 1,000 jobs
    will be lost on account of these closures