This year’s United Nations climate talks in Bonn, Germany have been host to general speculation and discussion regarding the future of the global climate following the United States’ promise to withdraw from the Paris agreement. The high-power gathering of global leaders was the first since President Trump submitted an official announcement of the U.S. intent to withdraw from the pledge, the earliest it can do so is 2020, and, as such, the gathered leaders were anticipated to reflect on the shift in the pledge and the future of climate security.

The most significant sign of new solutions came in the form of the alliance of 20 partners which formed to pledge their intent to cease all coal power production by 2030. The alliance, led by Canada and Britain and counting among its members countries including Finland, France, and Denmark, and U.S. states Vancouver and Washington, is open to countries as well as business and other non-government partners as well. The partners will support each other in reaching their ambitious goals by sharing real-world examples and best practices as they seek to adopt practical initiatives to support the transition and develop new clean energy plans and targets.

Despite the robust group of nations and other states committing to the new alliance, critics have noted the preponderance of coal-lite economies, countries that have already considerably reduced their dependency on coal power, and few of the major users of coal, such as Germany or China. Therefore, the alliance, as it stands, only accounts for 3% of the world’s coal use and, hence, makes a negligible impact on the reduction of coal-based emissions.

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