Co-Chairman of the coal Commission: large-scale conflict is open again

claimed by The government, the Coal phase out as such as of the Commission of experts required. The Co-Chairman Barbara Praetorius contradicts. so Far, Dattel

Co-Chairman of the coal Commission: large-scale conflict is open again

claimed by The government, the Coal phase out as such as of the Commission of experts required. The Co-Chairman Barbara Praetorius contradicts.

so Far, Datteln 4 is evaporated just to try it. But the Federal government wants to want to permanently implement it to the grid photo: Reuters

woman Praetorius, how happy are you as a former Co-Chairman of the coal Commission, that the Federal government's withdrawal of its proposals for the Carbon after a year finally?

Barbara Praetorius: I am not at all happy, because that's exactly does not the government unfortunately. Their Plan differs in important ways from our proposals.

What are the main differences?

The brown coal-fired power plants are constantly from the network, as in the final report of the Commission had requested, but very late, and frequently in the years 2028/2029, and 2038. This is both for the climate or too little energy is economically a Problem. In addition, it is the price is quite expensive. Since the beginning, some of the force off works, which ran from 45 to 60 years. The old and long since written off. So something is gold plated, which is already shortly before the economic end, by the way, also due to rising prices of emission certificates. And that Datteln 4 is still a new power plant is connected to the grid, not only against the demands of the Commission, but is a completely wrong Signal to speak.

What is it about dates that bad? The government says it is for the climate even if the electricity comes from a modern coal-fired power plant and older will be switched off.

Because a new coal-fired power plant is significantly more efficient, is not expected to displace only older, inefficient coal-fired power plants, but also more climate-friendly Alternatives, and gas-fired power plants, also beyond the border. In addition, there are purchase agreements for the electricity from dates, what is, overall, ensure a high utilization and high emissions of the power plant. This is meant to be a contribution to climate protection, is neither national nor international.

photo: private

56, is a Professor of sustainability, environmental and energy Economics and policy at the University of technology and Economics in Berlin. In 2018, it was one of four Chairman of the Commission of experts that has drawn up on behalf of the Federal government, a concept for the Coal phase-out.

What consequences will that have?

Overall, I see it as a denunciation of the hard-won coal compromise. And, therefore, the government also sets the pacification of this major social conflict in the game. The is now open again.

Are obsolete in the planning already for a long time, before the exit go right? If the EU is the climate targets for 2030 tightened, will also need to the coal exit go faster.

Yes, that was what presented now, it will quickly become worthless. First, because the climate protection goals of Paris will not be achieved and, secondly, because the EU would very much like to meet much more ambitious targets. The task of a sensible and climate-compatible coal exit get, will ultimately be rolled over to the next government.

Updated Date: 17 January 2020, 19:00

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