WWF – Coal phase-out map

With the ratification of the Paris Agreement, Germany committed to limiting the global temperature increase to well below 2°C, with the aim to limit the increase to 1.5°C. In line with a just low-carbon transformation, the carbon budget of the German electricity sector amounts to 4 gigatons of CO2.

Together with Hans Hack, I was commissioned by WWF Germany to design and develop a web map, which dynamically displays the locations of all German coal plants over time. The map shows a phase-out scenario developed by WWF for all coal-fired German power plants on the basis of such a carbon budget.

By dragging the slider at the bottom, the user can adjust the current year and explore the number and location of the remaining power plants over time. At the same time an overlayed animation of dark clouds symbolizes the air pollution to be reduced by the phase-out. When clicking on a marker, attribute information for each power plant, such as energy production, CO2-emissions as well as the operating company are revealed.