New coal-fired power plant: compensation for Datteln IV planned

The Federal government is expected to be through the coal-fired power plant of 10 million tonnes of CO2 in addition. To be compensated by more closures. don'

New coal-fired power plant: compensation for Datteln IV planned

The Federal government is expected to be through the coal-fired power plant of 10 million tonnes of CO2 in addition. To be compensated by more closures.

don't want To damage the climate, according to a statement by the Federal government: coal power plant Datteln IV photo: Bernd Thiessen/dpa

Due to the planned commissioning of the coal-fired power plant Datteln IV, it will come according to calculations commissioned by the Federal government to additional CO2 emissions and also, in exchange for other coal-fired power plants with the same performance from the network. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of the environment of the taz confirmed. "These emissions are about 10 million tons of CO2 over the lifetime of the power plant," the spokesman said.

Also confirmed the Ministry of the economy, that it could come to additional CO2 emissions, but on request, not a number. The Öko-Institut was involved in the calculations goes to taz information from about 14 million tons of emissions.

In the case of the introduction of the carbon agreement between the Federal government and the States had declared economy Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) on Thursday, by the operation of Datteln IV, the emissions would not increase, but even decrease, if, in return, older power plants would shut down. That comes to a different assessment, according to the Ministry of the environment in mind, "that dates IV will have as a new, more efficient plant, more full-load hours as old power stations".

coal exit act for each year, how high is the performance of the remaining coal-fired power plants must be. By the commissioning of Datteln IV, the overall performance would not increase that is why; the emissions would increase due to the higher utilization but. This is to prevent the government due to additional shutdowns. "We will ensure in the design of the coal exit law, that this be offset by increased emissions in full", - informed the Ministry of the environment. "It is triggered by the start-up of Datteln IV, therefore, not a single Tonne of CO2 in addition to the agreed exit path."

A spokesman for the Ministry of the environment

"It is triggered by the start-up of Datteln IV, not a Tonne of CO2 in addition to the agreed exit path."

A spokeswoman for the economy Ministry confirmed the appropriate plans. "The emissions caused by the Datteln IV, be compensated for by the decommissioning path of coal," she said. How the path should be adapted is still an open question. The calculations are still in progress, it said.

environmental associations, the commissioning of Datteln IV, which also speaks to the recommendations of the coal Commission, sharply criticized. The environmental scientist Barbara Praetorius had declared as Co-Chairman of the Commission, the new power station was "completely wrong Signal". This Friday, local chapters of Fridays for the Future from North Rhine-Westphalia, want to demonstrate in front of the power plant.

Date Of Update: 20 January 2020, 18:00

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