About: coal phase-out

Eleven million jobs at risk from EU Green Deal, trade unions warn

The European Green Deal risks deepening economic and social divisions between east and western EU countries, trade unions say, warning the 27-member bloc risks imploding before it reaches its 2050 climate neutrality goal.

Green transition will require ‘Herculean effort’, EU admits

The European Union will need to “re-orient most, if not all” of its policies in order to protect vulnerable regions and workers in industries affected by the transition to a green economy, the EU Commission’s vice-president Frans Timmermans has said.

A European Green Deal with justness for all?

A fund originally conceived to convince Poland to sign up to the EU’s 2050 climate target has now turned into one of the most contentious aspects of both the Green Deal and the long-term EU budget.
Energy 03-03-2020

Ex-boxer mayor seeks EU green funds to get Polish coal town off the ropes

As a teenager, Mariusz Wołosz was a promising boxer in Bytom in southern Poland, where his club was funded by one of the city's many coal mines.
Energy 26-02-2020

Poland’s first nuclear power plants are attracting criticism – from neigbours

As Poland plans to build six nuclear plants, it has to inform its neighbours about potential environmental consequences. Given that it has not yet told anyone, but for Austria, could this mean that Poland is ignoring international rules? EURACTIV Germany reports.

Germany needs more LNG to complement renewables, IEA says

The International Energy Agency has praised Germany's push for wind and solar power but urged the country to increase LNG imports in order to reach its 65% renewable energy target for 2030. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Enlargement 20-02-2020

North Macedonia wins EU praise for pioneering coal-to-solar shift

The European Union energy watchdog praised North Macedonia on Wednesday (19 February) for a pioneering project among EU aspirants to transform an ageing coal mine into two solar power plants, in line with goals to cut pollution and tackle climate change.
Electricity 05-02-2020

Power shift: EU coal output falls 24% in 2019

Global warming emissions from the power sector fell by 12% last year, led by a steep decline in coal power generation, which was replaced half by natural gas and half by renewables, according to fresh data published on Wednesday (5 February).
Energy 30-01-2020

German cabinet signs coal phase-out bill

The German federal cabinet signed off on the country's coal phase-out bill on Wednesday (29 January), giving its blessing to billions worth of taxpayer money to compensate for power companies' lost revenues. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 30-01-2020

German wind industry chief: 2% of land area should be allocated to wind energy

In an interview with EURACTIV.de, the president of Germany's Wind Energy Association, Hermann Albers, speaks about the sector's struggles, suggesting to allocate 2% of the country's land for wind turbines.

What will Germany’s coal phase-out mean for the EU carbon market?

When Germany eventually closes its coal-fired power plants, millions of CO2 pollution credits will be flushed into the EU emissions trading system, threatening to send the EU carbon market crashing. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 22-01-2020

Germany’s new coal phase-out plan upsets country’s Coal Commission

Shortly after Germany announced plans to shut down its lignite-fired power plants, eight members of the country's Coal Commission voiced criticism that their work has been discredited and that these plans would result in an additional 40 million tons of CO2 emissions. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Energy 17-01-2020

Germany’s new coal phase-out plan: Lots of money, little climate ambition

An agreement reached in the early hours of Thursday (16 January) between the federal government and representatives of the four German coal states won't bring the country much closer to reaching its climate goals, analysts said.
Energy 13-01-2020

Austrian Green MEP: Gas is a better transition alternative to coal than nuclear

The new government in Vienna will aim for “an end to nuclear energy” in the EU, Thomas Waitz told EURACTIV Slovakia. The MEP-elect and Green Party negotiator also calls on the EU to acknowledge that Poland will need financial support in the transition away from coal.
Energy 11-12-2019

Coal pollution in the Western Balkans is a European problem

16 coal plants in the Western Balkans pollute as much as the entire EU fleet of 250 units, causing sickness and deaths across the continent. It’s high time to take action, write Viola von Cramon and Petros Kokkalis.

Is the EU Just Transition Fund all for naught?

Whether €5 billion or €35 billion, the EU’s upcoming Just Transition Fund alone is unlikely to be enough to pay for the energy transition of Europe’s remaining coal countries. Nor is it necessary, argue Pieter de Pous and Rebekka Popp.

French insurer AXA vows to stop insuring fossil fuel-dependant companies

The French insurance company AXA has announced its own plan to help phase out coal production in Europe by 2030, under which it would no longer be insuring companies that are too dependent on fossil fuels. According to NGOs, this plan has "no blind spots". EURACTIV France reports.

European coal power output sees ‘unprecedented’ decline

Electricity production from coal is on track to fall by around 3% globally in 2019 – the largest drop on record – with Western European countries leading the charge, according to fresh data published on Monday (25 November).
Energy 18-11-2019

Financing the energy transition: Where’s the money?

Incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s pledge to turn Europe into “the world’s first climate-neutral continent” means efforts to green the economy are set to go into overdrive. But where will the necessary funds come from to back the...

French banks still fund coal despite finance minister’s plea

A year ago, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire urged French banks, insurers and asset managers to stop funding any mines or coal plants. Two weeks before the Climate Finance Day (28 November, Paris), a group of NGOs published a report urging them to take a step further. EURACTIV's partner La Tribune reports.

Gas expert: ‘IPCC is clear – we don’t have the option of waiting’

Switching from coal to gas in power generation is the single most important action Europe can take to get on the path to net-zero emissions by 2050, argues Simon Blakey, a European gas expert.
Electricity 01-10-2019

German power giant RWE, Europe’s biggest emitter, aims for zero carbon by 2040

German energy giant RWE said Monday (30 September) it aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2040, winding up fossil-fuel activities while building up renewable generation, after taking over parts of competitor E.ON.

‘Coal bubble’ puts EU carbon market under threat, watchdog warns

As coal-fired power stations close down across Europe, unused carbon pollution permits are slowly building up in the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, creating a “coal bubble” that could send carbon prices crashing, campaigners warn.
Elections 30-08-2019

Shifting politics raise the stakes in Germany’s state elections

State elections in Brandenburg and Saxony – two coal mining regions in former East Germany – are likely to reverberate across the country, and even Europe, EURACTIV Germany reports.

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