Coal industry will never recover after coronavirus pandemic, say experts

Crisis has proved renewable is now a safer investment, and accelerated the shift

The global industry will “never recover” from the Covid-19 pandemic, industry observers predict, because the crisis has proved renewable is cheaper for consumers and a safer bet for investors.

A long-term shift away from dirty has accelerated during the lockdown, bringing forward power plant closures in several countries and providing new evidence that humanity’s use may finally have peaked after more than 200 years.

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