Germany is first major economy to phase out coal and nuclear Germany lawmakers have passed new legislation finalizing the country’s long-awaited phase-out of coal, over objections from environmental groups the plan is not ambitious enough.
Achieving that goal is made harder than in comparable countries such as France and Britain because of Germany's existing commitment to also phase out nuclear power by the end of 2022.
“The days of coal are numbered in Germany,” Environment Minister Svenja Schulze said.
“Germany is the first industrialized country that leaves behind both nuclear energy and coal.”.
Schulze, the environment minister, said there would be regular government reviews to examine whether the end date for coal can be brought forward.
“You just have to make it so expensive that it’s not profitable anymore to turn coal into electricity,” she said.
Coal accounted for almost 20%, followed by nuclear and natural gas with about 12% each. »