Generation of electricity from coal should cease in Germany in 2035. This is three years ahead of schedule, which was announced earlier, AFP writes. This decision was made by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the coal-mining states of Brandenburg, Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saxony-Anhalt.
They signed a plan to shut down power plants that use dirty fossil fuels, and close the corresponding mines. All employees are promised to pay compensation until 2043. And German federal states will receive 40 billion euros of transition support. Coal holds more than a third of the country’s generated energy, according to 2017 data.
Germany set a goal by 2030 to obtain 65% of its energy from carbon-neutral sources. Over the same period, it is planned to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared with the level of the 90s.
These plans look extremely ambitious against the backdrop of the country’s refusal from nuclear energy. In 2022, the last of the 17 nuclear reactors operating in the country should be shut down. As of 2018, the peaceful atom accounted for 11.7% of the country’s energy production.