The Global Coal Plan Tracker reports this week that the “coal plant pipeline” (defined as coal-fired generating capacity in pre-construction planning) dropped 14% during the first half of 2016. This 158 gigawatts (GW) reduction (from 1,090 GW in January 2016 to 932 GW in July) almost equals the EU’s total coal-fired generating capacity. The report points out significant drops in Asia, with China leading the way at -114 GW followed by India at -40 GW. Both countries made policy announcements to decrease coal usage in the past year. In addition, Vietnam, Indonesia, and the Philippines have made announcements or taken actions to reduce their use of coal.
Despite this trend, the report underscores that the amount of coal-fired energy capacity in planning and construction phases will nonetheless exceed the global carbon budget for limiting warming to 1.5°C. For more detailed analysis, including by geographical region, country, and types of plants, read here.