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Environment Council SRU: coal phase-out in three steps

10/02/2017 - In a new statement the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) argues for a complete phase-out from coal power generation within 20 years. The forthcoming legislative term offered the last chance to set the course for an appropriate implementation of the Paris climate targets in Germany, according to the committee to which Wolfgang Lucht of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) belongs as well.

In its report, the SRU argues for a phase-out in three steps: By the year 2020, the most emission-intensive power plants could be taken off the grid. On this basis, more modern plants could continue operation with reduced capacity until about 2030 in order to ensure supply reliability and to sustain employment. In the 2030s these power plants could then also be shut down. The Federal Government should now set the framework for this, the statement says. 

The German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) has been advising the Federal Government on environmental issues for almost 45 years. The members of the council are Claudia Hornberg from the University of Bielefeld, Manfred Niekisch from Goethe University and Frankfurt Zoological Garden, Christian Calliess, Freie Universität Berlin, Claudia Kemfert, Hertie School of Governance and the German Institute for Economic Research, Wolfgang Lucht from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Lamia Messari-Becker from the University of Siegen and Vera Susanne Rotter from Technische Universität Berlin.

 

Weblink to the complete press release of the SRU:
https://www.umweltrat.de/SharedDocs/Pressemitteilungen/DE/2016_2020/2017_10_Nr_34_Kohleausstieg.html?nn=9726460

Weblink to the statement of the SRU "Initiate fossil-fuel phase-out now": https://www.umweltrat.de/SharedDocs/Downloads/DE/04_Stellungnahmen/2016_2020/2017_10_Stellungnahme_Kohleausstieg.html?nn=9726460

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