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Berlin to exit coal by 2020

Berlin to exit coal

Creative Commons: Robert S Donovan, 2014

The German capital of Berlin plans to shut its four remaining coal-fired power plant by 2020, according to reports from national newspaper Die Welt.

The decision was announced as part of provisional results from a parliamentary committee examining the city’s future energy supply.

Exit scenarios already exist for two of the four remaining plants, while a plan still needs to be developed for the other two.

In addition to the coal-phase out, all five political parties, as well as independent experts, also agreed to renovate all public building by 2050, bringing them up to modern energy efficiency standards.

“We have to achieve our aim to become a climate-neutral city by 2050,” said committee head Jörg Stroedter.

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