Draft leak suggests Germany backing out of coal power phase-out
By Paul Homewood
While Britain’s energy policy lurches from one crisis to another, it seems that Germany are being slightly more pragmatic.
A leaked environment ministry document suggests that Germany will not go ahead with a coal-fired power phase-out.
A similar draft document released earlier this year had proposed phase-out of coal-fired power production well before 2050. However the latest paper sees the proposal dropped as well as the scrapping of several C02 emissions reduction goals for individual sectors.
The new version deleted specific concrete C02 emissions savings targets for the energy, industry, transport and agriculture sectors, according to Reuters.
The document forms the German government’s national climate action plan for 2050 and lays out how it plans to move away from fossil fuels and achieve its goal of cutting CO2 emissions by up to 95 percent compared to 1990 levels by the middle of the century.
Also included in the earlier paper was a paragraph suggesting Germany would consider lobbying for the introduction of a minimum price on European carbon-dioxide emissions. But this has also been removed from the latest document.
The draft is due to be debated by the cabinet in September.