News Digest Item
21 Aug 2017

Coal states call for legal action against EU Commission on environmental regulations for coal power plants


Germany’s coal states are calling on the federal government to prevent stricter emissions limits for coal-fired power plants by taking legal action against the EU Commission, writes public broadcaster rbb in an article. A spokesperson for Saxony’s government confirmed reports by German weekly Der Spiegel that the state’s premier, Stanislaw Tillich (CDU), had written a letter to the federal economy ministry, also on behalf of his colleagues in Brandenburg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Saxony-Anhalt. New emissions limits in EU regulations were based on false calculations and were thus not lawful, the states argue. Germany had opposed the introduction of the stricter limits in April

Read the article in German here.

For background, read the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal? and the dossier The energy transition and climate change.

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