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The UN’s top climate change official Christiana Figueres has welcomed the announcement of the UK government that it plans to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025.

Ms. Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, said:

With less than two weeks before the opening of the UN climate conference in Paris, this is yet another welcome announcement and powerful signal of national and international determination to act on climate change.
The symbolism of this decision cannot be underestimated. The country that gave birth to the Industrial Revolution is ending its use of coal and today is also a world leader in offshore wind power. It is a further sign that the transition to a low carbon global economy is now inevitable and irreversible.

Last year, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called upon companies and investors to reduce their investment in fossil fuel, notably coal. He said:

I have been urging companies like pension funds or insurance companies to reduce their investments in coal and a fossil-fuel based economy to move to renewable sources of energy.

In his call for divestment, Ban Ki-moon joined a growing list of high-level figures advocating for divestment from fossil fuels including UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, Archbischop Desmond Tutu and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim.

Meanwhile, the United States, Japan and several other major nations have said they will restrict export financing to build coal power plants overseas, also sending a strong signal ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris.

See also the op-ed by Christiana Figueres in the Huffington Post: “Thanks for the Memories, Fossil Fuels, but Now It's Time to Change”.

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