Germany maintains its goal of leaving coal by 2030


Germany, which announced on Sunday that it would likely increase its use of coal to compensate for cuts in Russian gas supplies, maintains its goal of abandoning this polluting energy source by 2030, the government said on Monday.

“The exit date of coal in 2030 is not in doubt at all. It is more important than ever that it be carried out in 2030,” said the spokesman for the Ministry of Economy, Stephan Gabriel Haufeat a press conference.

The goal of leaving coal by 2030 is a central issue for the coalition between the head of the Social Democratic government Olaf Scholz and their green and liberal partners.

The government announced on Sunday that it would turn to coal-fired plants considered “reserve” to ensure the country’s energy security at a time when Russia is cutting gas deliveries to Europe.

The German Minister of Economy, the environmentalist Robert Habeck, affirmed on Sunday that faced with the “aggravation” of the situation in the gas market, the government will turn to coal.

It is bitter, but it is essential to reduce gas consumption,” said Habeck.

The use of coal-fired plants will be a “short-term measure”, for a “limited” period until 2024, the spokesman for the Ministry of Economy and Climate said on Monday.

The Russian energy giant Gazprom announced last week several reductions in gas deliveries through the Nord Stream gas pipeline due to the confrontation between Western countries and Moscow over the war in ukraine.

This decision had a harsh impact on several European countries, especially Germany, Italy and France.

For Germany, which imports 35% of its gas from Russia, compared to 55% before the war, the situation is “serious”, according to Habeck, who indicated that the country’s supply is guaranteed.

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