End of hard coal mining sets example for successful structural change
The phase-out of hard coal mining in Germany by 21 December 2018 – initiated in 2007 by broad consensus – is a prime example of a successful and peaceful structural change, writes Jürgen Flauger in an opinion piece for Handelsblatt. “The end of hard coal mining has a high symbolic value for the as-yet incomplete and incomparably more significant exit from lignite mining and coal-fired power generation,” he adds. The coal exit commission will have to find a similar solution, he says. “An exit by consensus is definitely more sensible than an overhasty exit. What has been achieved with German hard coal must also be possible with lignite,” writes Flauger.