Timmermans: Coal Has No Future In EU Energy System

Coal has no future in the European Union’s energy system, Frans Timmermans, executive vice president of the European Commission (EC), said at a briefing on the sidelines of the COP26 climate conference.

« There is no future for coal, » he said, responding to a question about the EU’s coal phase-out process.

Timmermans noted that there are around 30 coal-producing regions in Europe. He believes that the union is making progress towards phasing out coal in energy production, but that it is important to give new development opportunities to coal-fired regions in moving away from the resource.

EU authorities have previously pledged to make the EU climate neutral by 2050 – when the union’s total greenhouse gas emissions should be zero. Climate neutrality can be achieved by cutting emissions and using technologies to capture and store harmful gases.

Moving towards climate neutrality will require a restructuring of energy production and consumption, major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from various economic sectors, reductions in the use of fossil fuels and increases in the use of renewable energy.

source: ec.europa.eu

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