Germany, the coal phase-out launched
An ad hoc commission led by three former prime ministers of mining regions to be
established Minister Altmaier: “Halved capacity by 2030”
German government is going to create a commission for the coal phase-out set forth by the coalition agreement that CDU/CSU and SPD signed this February.
The commission, consisting of 23 members of all the political parties, will be overseen by the Minister of Economy and Energy, Peter Altmaier (CDU) and its task will be to elaborate a plan to phase out coal before the end of 2018.
The commission will be led by former prime ministers of East German states of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck (SPD) and Saxony Stanislaw Tillich (CDU) and the former undersecretary for the environment Ursula Heinen-Esser (CDU). She comes from North-Rhine Westphalia, which similarly to Brandenburg and Saxony is one of the main coal-mining regions of the country.
Pursuant to the coalition agreement, the plan must include measures to reduce “as much as possible” the expected gap in the 2020 emissions targets, by establishing a deadline for coal phase-out and determining the economic and social actions necessary to support the regions concerned.
Altmaier underlined that the present Germany’s installed capacity of coal and lignite will be halved by 2030.
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14 May 2018 - 17:33 CEST