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German coal task force delays final decision to Jan – report


21 Nov 2018 18:06


21 Nov 2018 18:06

(Montel) Germany’s task force for mapping out a coal exit for Germany has postponed its final decision by at least a month amid opposition from politicians in the eastern part of the country, media reported on Wednesday.

The commission was previously scheduled to present a way out of German coal-fired generation by the end of the year, but fierce opposition from politicians in the coal-mining states of Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt has forced it to extend meetings until January, economic weekly Wirtschaftswoche reported.

The three heads of the federal states criticised the commission’s focus on security of electricity supply and climate issues while neglecting job security in the regions of Germany that have been blighted by economic stagnation and unemployment.

The federal ministry for economic affairs and energy – spearheading the task force – said it had no say over the final deadline for the report.

Some members of the task force had previously expected the group to present a roadmap for German coal plant decommissioning before the upcoming climate talks in Poland next month.

Germany’s economy minister Peter Altmaier said in September that Germany will propose a fixed exit date by year end.

The commission was convened to navigate a way to abolish coal-fired generation in order that the country meets its 2030 target on cutting emissions.

The UN climate summit will take place in the Polish town of Katowice from 3-14 December.

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