Energy and Climate Change Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “Coal powered the industrial revolution two hundred years ago, but now is the time for radical action to completely eliminate this dirty fuel from our energy system. Today we are sending a clear signal around the world that the UK is leading the way in consigning coal power to the history books and that we are serious about decarbonising our power system so we can meet our ambitious, world-leading climate targets. The UK’s net-zero future will be powered by renewables, and it is this technology that will drive the green industrial revolution and create new jobs across the country.”
This announcement is part of the government’s drive to accelerate the decarbonisation of the power sector as it works towards net-zero by 2050. Putting a ban on coal as a fuel source opens up the electricity market to invest in cleaner forms of energy such as wind, solar and hydrogen.