News Digest Item
13 Jan 2017

“Roadmap for a coal exit”

Green parliamentary group in the Bundestag

The Green parliamentary group in the federal parliament (Bundestag) approved a resolution on a timetable for a coal-exit in Germany at its new year’s meeting in Weimar. “With the step-by-step, economically and socially compatible coal exit, we as the Green Group in the Bundestag want to create planning security,” says the resolution. “We are aware that a coal phase-out is a turning point.” The timetable includes these steps:

  • starting the public dialogue on Germany’s coal exit in the coming months
  • bring about a binding Bundestag decision introducing the end of coal-fired power generation
  • creating a coal exit commission
  • prohibiting new open pit mines
  • introducing CO₂ budgets for fossil power plants
  • organising the structural change
  • strengthening the EU ETS

The resolution is meant as a guideline for the federal election campaign and possible coalition negotiations.

Read the resolution in German here.

For background see the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?

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