The U.K. will no longer use coal to generate electricity starting October 1, 2024, a year earlier than planned, according to UN Climate Action.
The move is part of ambitious government commitments to transition away from fossil fuels and decarbonize the power sector in order to eliminate contributions to climate change by 2050.
Coal is one of the most carbon-intensive fossil fuels and is responsible for harmful air pollution. Carbon in the atmosphere gets absorbed by the oceans and contributes to ocean acidification.
The U.K. has made huge progress in reducing the use of coal across the power sector, with coal accounting for only 1.8% of the U.K.’s electricity mix in 2020, compared with 40% almost decade ago.