Europe’s coal industry continues its downward spiral as a quarter of European Union countries have now closed their doors to the dirty energy source.
Belgium has become the latest country to shut down its last remaining coal-fired power station, Langerlo.
Announced on 30 March, Belgium follows Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta and the Baltic countries in quitting the polluting fossil fuel.
The closure of Belgium’s Langerlo plant comes hot-on-the-heels of Scotland closing Britain’s largest coal-fired power station, Longannet, signalling the end of an era for Scottish coal.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd has warned that the next Conservative Party leader must have a strong stance on tackling climate change in order to win her support.