FILE PHOTO - A coal merchant holds up a lump of coal for the camera in his yard in Melmerby, northern England November 5, 2008. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis

BONN, Germany (Reuters) – At least 15 countries have joined an international alliance to phase out coal from power generation before 2030, delegates at U.N. climate talks in Bonn said on Thursday.
Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Italy, France, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Switzerland, New Zealand, Ethiopia, Mexico and the Marshall Islands have joined the Powering Past Coal Alliance, delegates said.
The alliance aims to have 50 members by the next U.N. climate summit in 2018 to be held in Poland’s Katowice, one of Europe’s most polluted cities.
But some of the world’s biggest coal users, such as China, the United States, Germany and Russia, have not signed up.
Powering Past Coal comes just days after U.S. administration officials, along with energy company representatives, led a side event at the talks to promote “fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation.”
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