To keep global warming within 2 °C, China and India should start reducing coal use already in the next five years

In the study Phasing out coal for 2 °C target requires worldwide replication of most ambitious national plans despite security and fairness concerns, a group of researchers points out that the commitments made by different countries to get off coal are inadequate, so far, for climate purposes.

Ending the use of coal is a key measure for climate change mitigation.

Much will depend on what is happening in the emerging economies in Asia.

China and India are expected to start phasing out existing coal (without building new plants) over the next five years, they are expected to exit coal at a faster rate than historically observed in any country.