Germany should stop using coal in power generation by the end of 2038. This decision was made by a government commission, which includes 28 experts, as reported by Euronews. 27 experts voted "for" this decision. The meeting lasted for more than twenty hours.
One of the four leaders of the commission was Roland Pofalla, a Christian Democratic Union politician. "It's done!" he said. "96.4 percent of the members of the commission have approved this draft, which was finally discussed overnight.
"If we actually implement this - and we believe that it is possible - then we would be back in the top group of the few countries that will fulfill this international agreement of goals by 2030," the outlet wrote.
The Commission, which includes representatives of industrial enterprises, trade unions, environmental organizations, academies, submits its proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers. Now the authorities should make the final decision.
The last coal mine in Germany was closed in the Ruhr basin in December 2018. However, the use of coal as an energy source has not ceased. Germany imports coal from other countries.
We reported that Ukraine imported 5.746 million tons of coal and anthracite (foreign business code 2701) between January and March of the current year. This demonstrates an increase of 57.6% in annual terms, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
According to the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine, the imports of coal were accumulatively worth $760.468 million, which represents 33.5% over the same period in the previous year, when it stood at $569.63 million.
The Russian Federation supplied most of the imported coal (62.12%), worth $472.4 million. The rest of the imports originated from the United States (28.92%) and Canada (6.36%).
Nevertheless, in January-March 2018, Ukraine exported 43,338 tons of coal and anthracite, worth $7.8 million. Particularly, $4.6 million worth of coal were shipped to Russia, whereas $3.2 million worth of coal went to Slovakia.
Ukraine has earlier announced its plans to boost coal imports by 11.3% (or 573.9 tons) against the 2017 figure, up to 5,668,500 tons. This would include 4,881,500 tons from Russia, 664,000 from the United States, and 123,000 from South Africa.