Phase-out of coal: not the last word

the plans of The government to the coal withdrawal are not a disaster. In order to reach the climate goals is not enough you but. tree house in the hambach fo

Phase-out of coal: not the last word

the plans of The government to the coal withdrawal are not a disaster. In order to reach the climate goals is not enough you but.

tree house in the hambach forest; The forest may photo: Reuters

no not to stay, a "disaster" or a "scandal", like the environmental organizations, is what has presented the Federal government on Thursday. The key points of what was demanded wide composite coal Commission a year ago, will be implemented: the gradual shutdown of coal power plants, compensation of corporations and a lot of money for the affected regions. With the preservation of the hambach forest, a Central demand of the movement is fulfilled.

at the same time, but In some important respects the government deviates from the Plan to the Commission. In dates, a new coal-fired power plant to the grid is not the biggest Problem. In contrast, if, in fact, more old reactors to be decommissioned, should keep the effect for the climate in the borders. More problematic is that the switch-off of the brown coal is carried out continuously, but in stages, in each case at the latest possible date. And also that, in spite of the faster phase-out in the West, more villages will be demolished, are is difficult to understand.

to bring in particular, neither the plans to the Commission by the government are sufficient to meet the German CO2-emissions with the Paris objectives. Therefore, the decisions made today may not be the last word. And the chances are that you are not there, are not so bad – it was due to growing political pressure or by changes in the electricity market. That the use of Coal closures in the last year – almost without the power plant to a standstill – a 26 percent decline, shows what is possible.

prerequisite for this is that the coal is faster pushed back, however, is that the Expansion of the Renewable runs faster than is currently envisaged. To make pressure for more wind wheels, may be harder than to protest against coal-fired power plants, but it is just as important. Without more speed at the entry it can also give more speed at the exit.

Updated Date: 16 January 2020, 18:00

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