Clean energy coming: Portugal kicks coal

Portugal closes its last coal power plant two years ahead of schedule as it moves toward clean energy.

The country is two years ahead of schedule on its journey toward clean energy.

Energias de Portugal (EDP) has just closed the Sines power plant. This power plant used coal, the fossil fuel that pollutes our atmosphere the most.

Portugal had originally planned to phase out the use of coal by 2030. They then moved this goal to 2023, but they are going to meet it even earlier: in 2021.

EDP is also planning to close another plant in Spain. Both the Portugal and Spain closures are part of the energy company’s “decarbonization strategy,” because going forward, using renewable energy sources is essential.

Clean energy (EDP)

With this new development, Europe Beyond Coal Campaign director Kathrin Gutmann says that Portugal is a paragon of progress in the move to clean energy right now:

Portugal had already accelerated its coal phase-coal from 2030 to 2023. The fact that it is being brought forward yet again to 2021 shows just how fast a country can clean up its energy system when it commits to clean energy and climate action.

Kathrin Gutmann

Belgium ended its coal burning in 2016, making it the first country in the EU to do so. Austria and Sweden also closed their coal plants ahead of schedule in the beginning of 2020.

Europe Beyond Coal says that another five Europeans countries are on track to end their coal burning by 2025: France in 2022, Slovakia in 2023, the UK in 2024, and Ireland and Italy in 2025.

But countries that are not on this list need to quickly start taking action:

Governments that have yet to plan a speedy coal exit are losing precious time to put in place ambitious coal exit plans that reflect market and policy realities.

Kathrin Gutmann

Article source: Climate Home News

Featured image source: Fotos Avulso/Flickr

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