Global Coal Plant Tracker
Global Energy Monitor’s Global Coal Plant Tracker provides information on 14,000 existing, proposed, and retired coal-fired generating units. This information can be viewed in map or table form on the web. Researchers can also request to receive the underlying data in spreadsheet form. The tracker uses a two-level system for organizing information. Summary information including location, status, sponsor, size, and carbon dioxide emissions is found on the maps and table. For further detail, each unit shown on a map or in a table is linked to a wiki page on GEM.wiki. To go to the Global Coal Plant Tracker, click here.
Who Uses the Global Coal Plant Tracker?
Although the Global Coal Plant Tracker was first conceived as a tool for grassroots groups working on coal, it has also been embraced by researchers and analysts worldwide as an accurate and up-to-date source of geolocation, ownership, carbon emission, and other information relevant to a wide variety of applications.
Here are sample projects that use the database or its summary data.
Subsidies and Finance
- G20 coal subsidies: tracking government support to a fading industry, Overseas Development Institute, June 2019
- Investors Vs The Paris Climate Agreement, Urgewald, December 2017
- G7 Coal Scorecard – Fifth Edition: Coal Finance Heads For The Exit, E3G, August 2019
Energy Investment and Transition
- The Great Drama, Global Warming and its Mechanism, Applied Economics and Finance, March 2020
- Managing the Coal Capital Transition, Rocky Mountain Institute, September 2018
- A High Ambition Coal Phaseout in China: Feasible Strategies through a Comprehensive Plant-by-Plant Assessment, Center for Global Sustainability, January 2020
- Out of Step: China Is Driving the Continued Growth of the Global Coal Fleet, Global Energy Monitor, November 2019
- Why Build Kenya’s First Coal Plant? Hint: Think China, New York Times, February 2018
- IEEFA India: Continued Decline in Indian Thermal Capacity Additions, Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis, April 2019
- India’s Energy and Climate Policy: Can India Meet the Challenge of Industrialization and Climate Change?, Brookings Energy Security and Climate Initiative, June 2016
- Air Pollution Impact Model for Electricity Supply, New Climate Institute, October 2019
- Mapped: nitrogen dioxide pollution around the world, Greenpeace, October 2018
- Burden of Disease from Rising Coal-Fired Power Plant Emissions in Southeast Asia, Harvard University, Greenpeace, University of Colorado, January 2017
- Can the COP21 Stop the Rise of CO2?, Journal of Economic and Social Thought, December 2019
- Global Coal Power Set For Record Fall in 2019, Carbon Brief, November 2019
- Power struggle: decarbonising the electricity sector, OECD Environment Directorate, November 2018