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Romania fast-forwards coal exit to 2030

June 2, 2022 11:42 am Published by

The Romanian government has published an emergency law for the phase out of coal by 2030. It is expected to be approved within a month. It constitutes a two year acceleration of the country’s original coal exit plan announced last September, and clears the way for Romania to exploit its enormous solar and wind energy potential.

Czechia announces 2033 coal phase out

January 7, 2022 3:00 pm Published by

The new Czech government has announced Czechia will phase out coal by 2033 in its programme statement. It's the 22nd European country to formalise a coal exit but joins five others in announcing a Paris Agreement incompatible date.


January 14, 2022 1:00 pm Published by

The Slovenian government has announced that it will phase out coal by 2033 at the latest. The plan lacks ambition when compared to the coal phase out dates of peer countries like Slovakia (2030), North Macedonia (2027) and Greece (2025), and falls short of the country’s responsibility on climate change. Nevertheless, it brings a Paris-aligned, pre-2030 coal phase out within reach.