Shortly after Germany announced plans to shut down its lignite-fired power plants, eight members of the country’s Coal Commission voiced criticism that their work has been discredited and that these plans would result in an additional 40 million tons of CO2 emissions. EURACTIV Germany reports. The eight members of the Commission, who represented environmental organisations, consider their coal-phase-out-plan, presented last year, to have been “de facto cancelled” by the government. They said the timetable for shutting down lignite-fired power plants drawn up last week between the federal government and the affected states differs considerably from what the Coal Commission agreed after months of negotiations – although the government repeatedly emphasised its intention to stick to all the recommendations.
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