Industry will be damaged and job lost as Germany cuts out coal (photo: dpa)

Germany’s energy transition is at crossroads as it faces phasing out coal

Environmental pressure to stop using coal-fired power stations and the use of lignite coal in Germany’s electricity generation will damage industry and lose thousands of jobs. It will mean Germany importing more electricity from coal-fired and nuclear power plants from abroad to avoid power cuts. Switching from coal to gas may cut emissions in Germany, but will actually increase global greenhouse gas emissions when shipping and transport are considered.

<i>Germany’s use of coal in its power sector is currently subject to growing criticism because of international climate protection efforts. Its Energiewende or energy transition downgraded coal to a swing and reserve supplier to ...

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Dr. Frank Umbach
The proposed ‘climate levy’ may not lead to a coal-to-gas switch, just higher imports of dirtier and cheaper coal-based electricity and nuclear power from neighbouring countries such as Poland, the Czech Republic and France. It will also result in even higher electricity prices for private and industrial consumers - already among the highest in Europe - and undermine future competitiveness of German energy-intensive and manufacturing industries on global markets
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