Charted: Why coal is such a big deal at COP26
"Seeing major coal-burning economies such as Viet Nam, Indonesia, South Korea and Ukraine commit to a coal exit genuinely is the progress we need to see," said Pauline Heinrichs, of the climate think tank E3G, in a statement. (Indonesia's endorsement was partial, however.)
Yes, but: China, which accounts for about half of global coal demand, did not sign-on. Nor did India, another major user.
- The U.S. didn't either, though Alok Sharma, the U.K. official presiding over COP26, noted the U.S. has endorsed decarbonized power in the 2030s via a G7 statement in May.