Stepping up the 2030 EU climate target to an emission reduction of at least 55 per cent – as proposed by the European Commission – would very likely require the bloc to phase out coal almost entirely by that date, according to experts. The move, which is backed by current EU Council presidency Germany, would also have far-reaching consequences for Germany’s coal exit plans, the experts told Clean Energy Wire. Germany currently plans to phase out coal by 2038 at the latest. In its proposal, the European Commission said that buildings and the electricity sector can make the largest and most cost-efficient contribution to reaching a 55 per cent emissions cut.
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