Germany until 2038 will abandon the use of coal

In Germany adopted a law on refusal from the use of brown and hard coal until 2038. On 3 July, reports “German wave”.

The document was approved by the Bundestag and the Bundesrat. In Parliament the bill was supported by 314 deputies, 237 were against.

Under the new law, the use of coal for energy production will completely cease in 2035. To support regions whose economies will suffer from the shift away from coal, will be allocated a total of €40 billion.

According to the publication, the owners of plants powered by lignite and stop working until 2030, will receive compensation worth a total of €4.35 billion, the owners of the stations operating on coal, too, will get compensation, but the amount will depend on the tender.

In 2017 in Germany, coal accounted for more than 40% of all fuels used for electricity production. The last mine of coal in the country were closed in the Ruhr in December 2018.

In 2007, the Federal government, the Laender North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland, as well as the Union miners have reached an agreement to end the production of anthracite. At that time the industry was busy about 33 thousand employees. Most of them were sent on early retirement with higher rates.

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