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8 EU Countries To Phase Out Coal For Electricity Production By 2030

Coal News - Published on Sun, 23 Jun 2019

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AFP, citing officials reported that 8 of the EU's 28 countries have pledged to phase out coal for electricity production by 2030 to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The European Commission, the EU's executive arm, received the pledges as contributions to the bloc's efforts to deliver on the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

EU climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Canete said that "More and more member states are making the political commitment to phase out coal in the next decade. Among the European Union countries introducing or confirming such timelines, France intends to phase out coal by 2022 -- before Italy and Ireland by 2025.”

The Spanish commissioner told a press conference in Brussels, Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Finland aim to do so by 2030.

Standing by Canete, commission vice president Maros Sefcovic called the pledges "quite a significant signal coming from quite an important number of member states." The commission added that Germany, the EU's most powerful economy and biggest polluter, has also indicated it will set "an end date" for coal-based electricity.

An EU official told AFP the remaining 20 countries, including coal-dependent Poland, had not submitted timelines for weaning themselves off fossil fuel. The commission was also waiting for the initial eight countries to detail how they will achieve the goal.

The official said that not only must they show how they will finance the shift but what green energy source they will use to replace coal. Under the 2015 Paris treaty, the EU pledged to reduce its carbon emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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Posted By : Sanju Moirangthem on Sun, 23 Jun 2019
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