Before the decisive meeting of the coal Commission, the Green party appeals-Chairman Anna Lena Baerbock to the experts, the climate protection goals. “Now the decision is whether Germany is willing to make to climate protection,” said Baerbock of the Rheinische Post. The climate target for 2030 should be. Otherwise it’ll be impossible, the climate crisis.

The coal Commission had been used in the summer by the government in order to develop a path for the phase-out of coal-fired power generation. On Friday, she wants to complete its work and recommend when a final decision must be with the coal, so that Germany achieved its self-set climate goal for 2020 is to reduce CO2 emissions by 40 percent by 2030 by 55 percent compared to 1990,.

Baerbock: money for regions, instead of for corporations

Baerbock said, of course, the Coal phase-out before the ground must be cushioned, so that “the regions and workers have a perspective and a future”. Therefore, the claims of the coal companies to compensate each individual plant were covered. “That is to say, in fact, ancient power plants receive billion, although they never create more power, and just stand around. There is no such blank may give a check for the coal corporations.” The money would then lack the support of the regions and of the employees. Public money would have to be used in the sense of the public interests.

The energy companies Vattenfall and BayWa announced, meanwhile, large investments in the brown coal mining areas, in order to build on the areas of Solar and wind parks. BayWa chief Executive Klaus Josef Lutz told the Handelsblatt that his company was “in the position, starting in 2020, Solar and wind projects in the power plant scale in Germany – and the purely market conditions, without any subsidy”. Vattenfall Manager Claus Wattendrup said, the brown coal stations may remain in the form of Wind and solar parks as a new “energy regions” to obtain and secure jobs.