The government will introduce an emissions limit on all coal power plants in the UK in a bid to eradicate unabated use of the fuel in the power system from 2025. The plan, unveiled today in a long-awaited response to a 2016 consultation, will mean that from October 2025 all operating coal plants in the UK must comply with an emissions intensity limit of 450 grams of CO2 per kWh of electricity generated. In effect, this means all coal plants running without emissions abatement technology, such as carbon capture and storage or co-firing with biomass units, will be forced to close by the October 2025 deadline.
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