Germany calls for coal exit

12. April 2013 | Markets & Trends | By:  Mirco Sieg

According to a new survey, 80% of German citizens have said they want to put a stop to coal power generation. In their opinion, the phase out of coal-fired electricity should be completed no later than 2040.

Coal power

Greenpeace has submitted a proposal for a coal phase-out legislation.

A survey conducted by TNS-Emnid for Greenpeace concludes that the large majority of German people want to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2040. Even 80% of Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) supporters are said to be for the phase out, although the party has been traditionally closely associated with the coal mining industry.

According to Greenpeace energy expert Gerald Neubauer, an energy transition without an exit from coal, is only a half transition. "We can dispense with coal," stated Neubauer. To compensate for the exit, Greenpeace calls for a "rapid expansion of renewable energies, more efforts on energy-efficiency, and flexible gas power plants as a bridging technology."

For its survey, TNS-Emnid interviewed 1,001 people in March. It concludes, among others, the following:

  • 34% of respondents voted for a rapid coal phase out by 2030; 80% are for a medium-term exit, by 2040
  • 95% of those who vote Green called for a short- to medium-term exit
  • 80% of Christian Democratic Union (CDU) supporters and 80% of SPD supporters voted for a medium-term exit
  • 86% of supporters of other German political parties surveyed are in favor of a phase out by 2040

The full article can be read on pv magazine Deutschland.

Translated and edited by Becky Beetz.

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