Updates: 16.10.2020 12:23
Prague – In the morning, another meeting of the so-called coal commission will take place, which is to address the slowdown in coal mining, but also the overall future energy mix of the Czech Republic. Due to the current coronavirus status, it will be discussed online. According to several sources of the Czech News Agency, the commission should have set a date for the end of coal use in the Czech Republic today, namely 2038, as Germany did. However, the Minister of the Environment Richard Brabec (YES) announced on Monday that the commission will not decide on the date yet.
“The commission will receive documents on the basis of which the deadline will be voted on at one of the next meetings. We do not want to decide under time pressure,” Brabec said.
Minister of Industry and Trade Karel Havlíček (for YES) said on Friday that the commission was working with scenarios for the end of coal use in 2038, 2033 and 2043. According to Hospodářské noviny, Havlíček said last week that 2038 was the most realistic, but a final decision has not yet been made. . Earlier departure from coal, as early as 2030, is being promoted by ecologists.
The Czech Coal Commission was established last year and is an advisory body to the government. It is chaired by Brabec and Havlíček. It has 19 members, including miners, academics and environmentalists. These include, among others, CEZ CEO Daniel Beneš, Chairman of the Trade Union of Mining, Geology and Petroleum Industry Workers Rostislav Palička or Jiří Koželouh, Head of the Energy Program of the Rainbow Environmental Movement.
Source: České noviny – hlavní události by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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