About: coal

Energy 18-07-2018

Has Bulgaria’s coal industry hit rock bottom?

One of Bulgaria’s cornerstone coal mines has been forced to shut down, raising questions over the future of energy production and employment in the region, as well as coal’s future in the country, write Violeta Keremdchieva and Ellen Baker.
Energy 07-06-2018

Germany launches coal commission in a bid to protect climate and jobs

After being postponed three times, Germany’s government has appointed the long-awaited commission which is to define a roadmap for the country’s coal phase-out. It will have a double mandate: to protect both the climate and jobs.
Climate change 01-06-2018

Leaked: Germany’s planned coal commission shows little interest for the climate

While Berlin has postponed for a third time the launch of the highly anticipated coal commission, a leaked document obtained by EURACTIV.com shows that the roadmap focuses more on the restructuring coal-dependent German regions than on reducing CO2.
Energy 17-05-2018

China, the Western Balkans and the EU: Can three tango?

With China pouring loans into the Western Balkans, the EU must step in to ensure this money benefits the region, writes Wawa Wang.
Energy 22-03-2018

Coal power decline ‘not fast enough’ to meet UN climate goals

The number of coal-fired power plants built worldwide fell steeply over the past two years, but emissions are too high to keep global warming within relatively safe levels, campaigners said on Thursday (22 March).
Electricity 06-03-2018

Believe it or not, the EU can look to the US for inspiration on ending coal subsidies

In January this year, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of the United States unanimously rejected proposals by the Trump administration that would have allowed coal subsidies under the guise of energy "resilience". This is exactly the principle that should now guide EU legislators, writes Joanna Flisowska.
Air Quality 13-02-2018

Germany’s energy and climate policy is taking shape

The coalition agreement between the German Conservatives and the Social Democrats outlines a relatively ambitious energy policy. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports.
Air Quality 11-01-2018

Bulgaria joins Poland in court case against Commission-led crackdown on coal

Bulgaria will join Poland in an appeal against a European Commission decision to impose stricter limits on toxic pollutants coal-fired plants emit, the government said on Wednesday (10 January).
Air Quality 08-01-2018

Macedonian smog envelopes cities, emergency measures introduced

As 2017 ended and 2018 began, Macedonia took emergency measures against dense smog enveloping its cities, an annual winter scourge in the Western Balkans blamed on a mix of coal burning, ageing industry and high-polluting emissions from older vehicles.
Energy 08-01-2018

UK government spells out plan to shut down coal plants

One of the UK’s eight remaining coal power stations is expected to cease generating electricity this year, the government has said as it laid out new rules that will force all the plants to close by 2025. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
Energy 14-12-2017

EU must not burn the world’s forests for ‘renewable’ energy

A flaw in Europe’s clean energy plan allows fuel from felled trees to qualify as renewable energy when in fact this would accelerate climate change and devastate forests, warn a group of scientists from the world’s leading universities.
Electricity 14-12-2017

EU shouldn’t allow Greek violation of environmental legislation

It is no secret that the Public Power Corporation (PPC) heavily influences the Greek government, but the EU institutions should step in to prevent a violation of European environmental legislation, writes Nikos Mantzaris.
Electricity 06-12-2017

Europe is not fighting hard enough to keep out coal subsidies

To prevent coal subsidies, the European Commission proposed a CO2 threshold for power plants to receive public subsidies. However, due to last minute edits from current EU President, Estonia, the door will be open for existing high-carbon power plants to receive public money to stay online, writes Kathrin Gutmann.
Air Quality 29-11-2017

Commission launches probe into Spanish aid to coal-powered plants

The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into Spain's state aid for coal power plants to establish whether it is in line with EU rules, the executive said on Monday (27 November). EURACTIV Spain reports.
Electricity 17-11-2017

Anti-coal drive at UN climate talks stalked by pro-coal White House

Countries launched a coal phase-out initiative Thursday (16 November) at UN climate talks in Bonn, offering an antidote to the defence of Earth-warming fossil fuels by US President Donald Trump's administration.
Electricity 15-11-2017

Think tank: Coal crisis, not climate policy, is forcing Polish energy overhaul

The unfolding crisis in the coal sector is leaving Poland with a looming power generation gap which is forcing decision-makers to reconsider the country’s energy mix. But politicians have until now delayed hard decisions and a transparent debate about it, says Joanna Maćkowiak Pandera.
Electricity 07-11-2017

Germany struggles with coal phase-out as COP23 kicks off in Bonn

Germany's Neurath coal power plant ranks second in the EU in terms of both installed capacity and CO2 emissions. The newest units of the lignite-powered facility are expected to operate until 2055, illustrating the difficulty of phasing out coal power entirely. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

A fair transition or lock-in to a coal-plagued future?

Are EU policymakers considering spending EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) funds in favor of coal?  It surely seems so if one examines carefully the recent history of the ETS file, writes Nikos Mantzaris.  
Climate change 20-10-2017

Climate change may take a heavy toll on Greek GDP, land

The total reported economic losses caused by weather- and climate-related extremes in the 33 EEA member countries between 1980 and 2016 amounted to more than €450bn, according to a recent study released by the European Environment Agency. EURACTIV Greece reports.
Electricity 04-10-2017

EU power utility boss: ‘Coal is finished, the hard question now is gas’

Apart from Poland, there are no plans to build new coal-fired power plants in Europe, says Francesco Starace. The hard question today is instead who will build a new gas power plant. “And many companies are not doing that either,” he told EURACTIV in an interview.
Electricity 21-09-2017

Is German climate leadership being sacrificed on the altar of coal?

The pre-election politicking currently going on in Germany should ring alarm bells among climate policy advocates, warns Julian Schwartzkopff. If Angela Merkel does not take personal ownership of securing a climate-compatible coal phase-out, she could jeopardise her legacy as “climate chancellor”, he writes.
Air Quality 19-09-2017

Britain to end love affair with coal and cash in on health savings

Britain has announced the phase-out of coal-fired power plants by 2025, ending its 250-year-long love affair with coal, in a move welcomed by health practitioners
Air Quality 17-08-2017

New EU rules for lower power plant emissions take effect

The European Commission on Thursday (17 August) published tighter new standards for the bloc's most polluting power plants, including many large coal-fired power stations, giving them four years to meet the lower emission standards.
Energy 14-08-2017

Coal expansion plans up in smoke as Europe realises mistake

Substantial coal power expansion in Europe has been significantly scaled back in recent years after utility companies realised they bet on the wrong horse, according to a new study by the University of Oxford.