It is time to close coal power plants

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Monster greenhouse gas levels seen

In the fight against CO2 emissions, it is now time to close coal power plants In Europe. Investments in renewables and storage are crucial. 

Coal plants are big polluters.

The commissioning of new coal plants in Europe, is the main cause of the fact that the CO2 emissions has increased rather than decreased.

Early 2015, the German government decided to close eight lignite power plants. The owners got financial compensation. The energy gap that is created, is nearly fully compensated by renewables from wind and sun. The infrastructure of coal fired power plants is old and polluting.

  • Last August, Obama decided to close old coal power plants. The new rule assigns each state a target for reducing its carbon pollution from power plants, but allows states to create their own custom plans for doing so. States have to submit an initial version of their plans by 2016 and final versions by 2018. to contribute against the fight to climate change.
  • Beijing, where pollution averaged more than twice China’s national standard last year, will close the last of its four major coal-fired power plants
  • New Zealand will shut down its last large coal fired power generators in 2018
  • Britain will shut down all its coal fired power stations by 2023
  • And Greenpeace already offered to buy a number of coal fired power stations and brown coal mines in Germany – in order to shut them down

Export and jobs

Due to the phasing of oil, a country will be less dependent on this commodity and can play a leading role in the development and application of technologies for sustainable development. The developed techniques contribute to the export and also the international economic competitiveness is reinforced by efficient to work.

Also, green technology ensures job grow and a significant contribution to reducing the green gas emissions in the world.

Paris

The biggest international climate summit of the decade is happening in Paris in December. Along with a broad coalition of partners, we’re mobilizing to take advantage of this important opportunity — to make sure the Paris Climate Summit sends a clear signal that the world is moving away from fossil fuels.

On November 28-29 2015 — the weekend before the big summit gets underway — a massive global weekend of action is coming together. The message: Turn off the dirty, dangerous fossil fuel economy, and turn on a just transition to 100% renewable energy. This summit should lead to a new global deal to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.

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