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Minister predicts 2030 as end date for German coal power

  • Apr 20, 2021 10:52 am GMT
dpa English

Germany's much-debated exit from coal power could happen years sooner than planned, Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said on Tuesday.

The current target date for the end of coal power production is 2038 at the latest, but stricter EU rules on greenhouse gas emissions will speed up the process, which could be completed by 2030, she said.

EU states agreed in December to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 55 per cent by 2030, compared to a previous target of 40 per cent.

The stricter emissions targets will mean emissions certificates will become more expensive, meaning the amount emitters will have to pay for their greenhouse gas emissions will go up.

Coal energy will be "forced out of the market," Schulze said.

In Germany the plan to move away from coal mining, in particular more polluting lignite mining, has angered some regions, where residents point out that many miners and other workers in the industry will risk becoming unemployed. Those people would need "decent new jobs," Schulze said.

To replace coal, the amount of renewable energy available to the grid should also increase, she said. Solar power capacity should increase from 100 to 150 gigawatts by 2030, and onshore wind from 71 to 95 gigawatts.

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