Exiting coal-fired power generation in Germany is a matter of when, not if, according to a meta study by the Wuppertal Institute, commissioned by the Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). The study analyses position papers and scientific studies from the past three years. Wuppertal Institute found that studies with a coal-exit date based on conditions laid out in the Paris Climate Agreement put the target year at 2025-2035, while studies emphasising economic and technical feasibility see a coal exit between 2035 and 2040. The authors call for more research on the macroeconomic effects of a German coal phase-out.
For background read the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?