Clean power protects people and the climate.
Electricity production, with its heavy reliance on coal, accounts for more than 40% of global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions. With projections that electricity use will grow by around 60% in the next two decades, a fundamental transition to clean power is needed to protect the climate from the global power sector.
Clean power can catalyze dramatic reductions in global carbon dioxide emissions and yield significant additional benefits, such as healthier living conditions, increased energy security, and greater economic competitiveness. The ClimateWorks Power Program targets key areas that, together, can accelerate the transformation of the global power sector.
Global Energy Transition
The Global Energy Transition initiative supports efforts to rapidly transform the global power sector toward clean energy, beginning with 10 emerging economies across Africa, Asia, and South America. These are countries where power demand is projected to rapidly grow and there is huge potential for solar, wind, and other renewable energy deployment in this decade. The initiative also supports efforts in Japan, Australia, and South Korea to accelerate the coal to clean energy transition, reduce emissions, and achieve a 1.5-degree pathway. The benefits of a transition to clean energy go far beyond reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change. It creates jobs, builds local manufacturing value chains, improves infrastructure, protects public health by keeping pollutants out of the air, and provides affordable and accessible power. By shifting to clean energy, developing nations can secure a resilient and thriving future.
As part of our collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Powering Past Coal Alliance, ClimateWorks co-produced this short video about the UK’s transition from coal to clean energy.