Germany to phase-out coal by 2038
29 January, 2019
A coal exit commission in Germany has proposed to retire all of its coal-fired power plants by 2038 as part of its international obligations to fight climate change.
Recommendations made by the 28-member commission, appointed by the government, are expected to be implemented by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Under the proposal, more than 80 coal-fired plants will shut down in the next 19 years, with the country looking to renewable energy to cover 65-80% of its power requirements by 2040.
The commission recommends shutting 12.5GW of coal-fired generation by 2022, followed by double that amount by 2030.