July 3, 2022

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Will the war in Ukraine revive coal consumption?

German government Announced Saturday Its coal-fired power plants will be used extensively to generate electricity. The goal is to protect Ukraine’s energy supply threatened by the post-war gas crisis. It aims for next winter. While other countries are still setting climate goals far ahead, they are following a realistic path.

Germany’s announcement comes as the country plans to replace gas – fired power plants with plans to shut down all of its nuclear power plants (decided in 2011) by the end of 2022. Agreeing, he announced that the German government would gradually phase out coal by 2030, noting that the remaining coal-fired plants should be used only as a last resort. Germany relies on Russian gas for its energy. Cosprom recently reduced the flow of gas through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline: they are now only 40% of their normal level. However, at the same time, Germany has pledged to maintain its target of 2030 coal emissions by 2030.

CITEPA (Reference Technology Center for Air Pollution and Climate Change) Had identified In 2019, a dozen European countries have decided to phase out coal-fired power plants by 2030 (United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Italy, Portugal, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary) But in recent days, in addition to Germany, Russia has faced a gas crisis. Austriathey Netherlands, Bulgaria, Italy and the United Kingdom plan to use more coal in the coming months. These countries should include Poland and the Czech Republic. These countries are currently 22. Already in 2021, Coal production and consumption increased.

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