Czech coal commission recommends 2038 phase-out date
The target is later than the one set by countries like France but on par with that of Germany.
The Czech Republic’s national commission on the future of coal recommended on Friday that the country phase out the fossil fuel by 2038.
The commission had also discussed two other possible dates — 2033 or 2043.
Although the target is later than the one set by countries like France, which plans to ditch coal by the end of 2022, it is on par with the phase-out date recently set by Germany, and significantly ahead of Poland’s 2049 deadline.
Coal generates nearly half of the electricity produced in the Czech Republic; Prague plans on expanding its nuclear capacity as it phases out its coal mining operations in the Usti, Moravian-Silesian and Karlovy Vary regions.
The coal commission’s recommendation is set to be reviewed by the Czech government, which has said that it is open to reviewing the deadline over the next five years.
Environmentalist groups called on the government to reject the commission’s recommendation and opt for a more ambitious 2030 phase-out, without which they say that the country will not meet its Paris Agreement objectives.
“We need to phase out coal in the Czech Republic in the next decade if we’re to play our part in tackling the climate crisis,” said Jiri Koželouh, head of climate and energy at Friends of the Earth Czech Republic. “A 2038 coal phase-out is sold as a compromise, but you can’t compromise with reality.”