Leben mit und nach der Kohle

Switching from coal to gas

Uniper’s coal-fired power plant Kiel East closed in March 2019 to be replaced with a new gas-powered cogeneration plant. Plans were put forward in 2009 to expand the plant with more capacity, but were shelved following public protests.  

Hemweg plant initiates Holland’s coal phase-out planned by 2029

The Netherlands‘ coal phase-out is speeding up, underscoring a growing understanding that national authorities have a responsibility to prioritise human health and the global climate over business interests. Hemweg 8 is closing early in large part due to a court...

Finland comitted to phase out coal; all plants have to close by 2029

In a landmark moment in Europe’s coal phase-out, the Finnish parliament has voted to ban the use of coal for electricity production by 1 May 2029. The news crowns years of civil society engagement with what was the first phase-out decision enshrined in law in Europe,...

NEW FINANCE BRIEFING: The coal break-up

Financial Institutions’ Tightening Coal Policies Pressure Utilities to Change Kaarina Kolle, Europe Beyond Coal Finance and Utility Coordinator As the gavel of Germany’s Coal Commission went down in January cementing the details of the German coal phase-out, yet...

Balearic islands beyond coal

Spain’s coal phase-out is gaining momentum, with a decision this week by the Balearic government to phase out coal by 2025.

Lack of budget favours closure

Coal closures continue in the UK, with operator EDF announcing it will shut its 2GW Cottam coal power station by the end of September. The company says the power plant cannot be operated economically past this date, and it has planned for a just transition of the...