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Can the EU shut all its coal-fired power plants by 2030?

 coal-fired power plant in Germany

Green activists trying to shut down a coal-fired power plant in Germany.


The climate goals set at the Paris Agreement in 2015, require that all the coal-fired power plants in the EU must be phased-out by the year 2030.

The climate agreement signed at COP21 in 2015 by 195 countries, sets out a global action plan that can put the world on a track of avoiding dangerous climate change effects by limiting global warming to well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels.

Limiting global warming to 2°C (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels, can reduce the risk of climate disasters, and can protect the environment for us and the future generations.

However, achieving the climate goals set in Paris won’t be an easy task because all the countries in the world, including the EU alliance, rely on fossil fuels pretty much even today.

To reduce the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the world we need to phase-out all power plants that use fossil fuels, we need to massively increase the renewable energy capacity of all countries, we need to promote the electric vehicles, and maybe one of the most important action that can be done is a massive reforestation of the planet.

The greenhouse gas emissions are released into the atmosphere when we burn gas, oil, and coal to produce electricity or for heating.

Coal-fired power plants produce the largest amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, and are considered the primary cause of global warming and climate change in the world.

If we want to phase-out all coal-fired power plants in the EU, we need to find an alternative energy source (a cleaner energy source) that can replace coal.

Renewable energy can be used as a replacer (wind and solar), but only in the very small countries, which have a small energy consumption.

All the other countries in the EU must shift toward greener energy sources, but not directly, coal can’t be replaced overnight, until we are able to shift the EU’s energy mix from coal to renewables, we need to replace coal with a fossil fuel that is “greener” than coal (natural gas).

The next step might be a replacement of the coal-fired power plants with power plants that burn natural gas, a strong development of the renewable energy capacity of all countries in the EU, and a massive reforestation of the European continent.

Magda Savin
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Magda Savin

I write about the renewable energy sector, electric cars and climate change issues.
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One Response to "Can the EU shut all its coal-fired power plants by 2030?"

  1. Vinay Kumar says:

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