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14 Jun 2017

“The Paris climate targets can also be met with coal”

Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten

Germany will be able to fulfil its Paris Climate Agreement obligations as well as the EU’s 2030 climate targets with a continued use of coal-fired power production, trade union IG BCE’s head Michael Vassiliadis said in an interview with Dresdner Neueste Nachrichten. “This is not a problem at all,” Vassiliadis said. He said that proponents of a coal exit did not specify how Germany would bridge the supply gap after the nuclear exit in 2022. Because of this gap, any talk about a coal exit was “a virtual debate” and “reality will catch up with us in five years’ time”, said Vassiliadis.  

See the CLEW dossier The energy transition and climate change and the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal? for background.

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