EU must shut coal plants by 2030 to meet climate pledge: study

February 9, 2017
Research institute Climate Analytics estimated that the EU's carbon budget, which is how much carbon dioxide it can emit to stay under two degrees Celsius, is at 6.5 gigatonnes by 2050

The European Union must close all 315 of its coal-fired power plants by 2030 in order to meet its commitments under the Paris climate agreement, a research institute said Thursday.

The goal set at the December 2015 Paris conference to maintain average temperature increases to less than two Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-industrial levels requires the gradual closure of EU , Climate Analytics said.

"The long-term temperature goal adopted under the Paris agreement... requires a rapid decarbonisation of the global power sector and the phaseout of the last unabated coal-fired power plant in the EU by around 2030," the report said.

Climate Analytics estimated that the EU's carbon budget, which is how much carbon dioxide it can emit to stay under two degrees Celsius, is at 6.5 gigatonnes by 2050.

The institute said the EU will exceed the budget by 85 percent by then if it continues with current emissions rates at coal plants.

It said there were 315 coal plants across the 28-nation bloc, and that 11 newly announced plants would raise EU emissions to almost twice the levels required to limit rises.

"We find the cheapest way for the EU to make the emissions cuts required to meet its Paris Agreement commitments is to phase out coal from the electricity sector, and replace this capacity with renewables and energy efficiency measures," said Paola Yanguas Parra, a lead author of the report.

Parra said Germany and Poland had the most work to do as they were together responsible for 54 percent of from coal.

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FactsReallyMatter
1 / 5 (4) Feb 15, 2017
So,here are the AGW cult telling us once again that no-one is fear mongering, that no irrational drastic actions are being called for as a response to this fear - yet, all coal production to be phased out.

What shall replace it? Well, other than pixie dust it looks like we are all supposed to freeze in the dark (oops, I mean conserve energy).
gkam
1.6 / 5 (5) Feb 15, 2017
I have offered to show you the pics of my house and car, both supplied with power by the PV system on our roof. We generate in the daytime and the meter runs backward, then take it out at night. The grid is used as a battery or bank.

It turned out to be a great investment, with a 24% payback, then free power and auto fuel for decades. And no pollution, no noise, no trips to the gas station.

It is real, it is practical, and it is NOW.
gkam
1.8 / 5 (5) Feb 15, 2017
With efficiency improvements in homes and buildings, we can alter the amount of energy "needed" to carry on in style. In 1980 California utilities were forced to get much of additional capacity by reducing the waste in the facilities and factories of our customers. I was hired along with others with industrial experience to do that, and it worked.

My house built in 1956 came with no insulation, large expanses of single-glazed glass with poor frames, and inefficient systems and appliances. Facing living on a fixed income, we strengthened it, added to it, put in instantaneous water heater, condensing furnace, calked leaks, insulated, put in double-glazing, and made other improvements. With the addition of the PV and inexpensive EV, We have no electricity or gasoline bills, and heating the house is not expensive.

The point is, we can do it if we all just do it. More fossil fuel is not needed.
TheGhostofOtto1923
5 / 5 (1) Feb 15, 2017
With the addition of the PV and inexpensive EV, We have no electricity or gasoline bills, and heating the house is not expensive
The evidence youve provided tells us you made up the whole story about your PV/EV.

Most would admit that thats a pretty sick thing to do.
I have offered to show you the pics of my house and car, both supplied with power by the PV system on our roof
An easy fix would be to post pics of your actual roof, instead of your neighbors roof like the ones you previously provided, on your website. And explain why the DMV has no record of your car.

Come on george, prove youre not the lying sicko you appear to be.

Be a man.

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