Only eight EU countries plan to phase out coal by 2030

(EurActiv, 19 Jun 2019) The EU said Tuesday (18 June) that eight of its 28 member countries aim to phase out coal-powered electricity by 2030, triggering charges it is missing the mark under the Paris climate deal.

The European Commission, the EU’s executive arm, said it received the pledges as contributions to the bloc’s efforts to deliver on the landmark 2015 deal.

“More and more member states are making the political commitment to phase out coal in the next decade,” EU climate and energy commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete said.

Cañete said that among the European Union countries introducing or confirming such timelines, France intends to phase out coal by 2022 – before Italy and Ireland by 2025.

Denmark, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Finland aim to do so by 2030, the Spanish commissioner told a press conference in Brussels.

Standing by Cañete, commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič called the pledges “quite a significant signal coming from quite an important number of member states.”

The commission added that Germany, the EU’s most powerful economy and biggest polluter, has also indicated it will set “an end date” for coal-based electricity.

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EurActiv, 19 Jun 2019: Only eight EU countries plan to phase out coal by 2030