Going back to coal is a bad choice. European countries are ‘exploiting’ the fossil fuel reserves of developing countries

The Russian-Ukrainian war threatens to cause an energy crisis over the coming winter, with Europe’s biggest gas buyers in Moscow finding alternative sources of fuel. As a result, they could burn more coal to cope with reduced gas flows.

Recently, Germany said it would take emergency measures to ensure it met its energy needs after Russian gas supplies dwindled. The so-called emergency measures include increased use of coal.

Germany’s economy ministry said in a statement: “To reduce gas consumption, less gas should be used to generate electricity. Coal-fired power plants will instead have to be used more.”

On the other hand, Austria also announced it would reopen a mothballed coal-fired power plant due to power shortages. After a government crisis meeting, authorities said they would work with the Verbund Group, which is the country’s main electricity supplier, to get the plant back in service.

During this time, the Netherlands said he would lift all restrictions on fossil fuel-powered power plants. Previously, they were limited to just over a third of production.

Dutch climate and energy minister Rob Jetten told reporters in The Hague that the cabinet had decided to “immediately remove the restriction” on coal-fired power generation from 2002 to 2024.

Europe is trying to deal with the crisis. In the process, European nations are inclined to burn more coal, but isn’t that hypocrisy?

European governments have been accused of exploiting the developing world’s fossil fuel reserves.

Major European countries are turning their coal power plants back on – after refusing to commit to climate finance.

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If we talk about Germany, how does the country plan to get out of coal in 2030? As officials have said, this will ease restrictions on power plants powered by fossil fuels.

Not just Germany, the ambition of the EU is to become climate neutral by 2050. Going back to using coal for power generation seriously threatens this.

Even Brussels raised concerns when European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen told several European media outlets in an interview: “We have to make sure that we use this crisis to move forward and not push fuels backward. dirty fossils”. She added that it’s “a fine line and it’s unclear if we’re going to take the right turn.”

Neil Makaroff of the Climate Action Network said going back to coal “is a bad choice” with structural consequences. Makaroff said “countries continue to support fossil fuels rather than investing enough in renewables.”

“The risk is to substitute one dependency for another: import Colombian or Australian coal, American or Qatari liquefied natural gas, to replace Russian hydrocarbons,” he added.


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