Federal Minister Peter Altmaier (CDU) wants to evaluate the proposed approach for a Coal phase-out in ten years. A verification mechanism around the year 2030 around to serve the safe power supply, said Altmaier. “Up to the years 2021/2022 must be due to the phase-out of nuclear energy, a high volume of replaced,” said Altmaier to notice. The must find the time to plan for the transition from coal to green energy, to further ensure security of supply. The Minister of economy urged, therefore, to verify the year 2030 around the progress again.

The environmental organization Greenpeace rejected the proposal. Martin Kaiser, Executive Director of Greenpeace, said: “by 2030, coal’s exit must not be checked, but to be completed.” With his proposal to disregard Altmaier, head of the Paris climate protection agreement and the desire of the majority of people in Germany, according to a Coal phase-out by 2030.

Several States call for help in structural change

The Commission growth, structural change and employment with representatives from politics, industry, trade unions and environmental organisations wants to submit in the coming days, a concept for the Coal phase-out. It is a question of compliance with the German climate protection goals, but also new jobs and perspectives for the Affected.

Altmaier, the Commission called one of the most important committees that had met since the German unit. “Their themes – the economic location of Germany, the equivalence of the conditions of life and climate protection, for our future is of Central importance.”

brown and hard coal more than a third of the electricity supply in Germany. In Lusatia, the Central German area in the East of Germany and in the Rhine area in North Rhine-Westphalia, tens of thousands of Jobs are directly or indirectly dependent on coal. The countries of North Rhine-Westphalia, Brandenburg, Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, a call for Commitments for assistance in structural change.

Altmaier, public Authorities in the affected regions to settle and to realize infrastructure projects such as a new ICE line from Berlin to Görlitz. “The Lausitz will remain in the future, the energy region with high innovative technologies in energy generation and storage,” said Altmaier. In consideration of new gas-fired power plants, storage facilities, real labs would, for example, to components of a battery cell production. Also, Federal and state institutions should be moved in these regions.

in Addition, it must be ensured that the price of Electricity remain, in spite of the shutdown of coal-fired power plants for the economy, affordable. “That applies to energy-intensive companies, but also for the medium-sized economy”, – said the Minister of economy.

Among other things, the industry Association BDI calls for Commitments for a further relief for energy-intensive companies. In addition, BDI, DIHK (Deutscher Industrie – und Handelskammertag) and the employers ‘ organizations reject a fixed switch-off plan for coal-fired power plants by 2030.

Saxony’s head of government Michael Kretschmer (CDU), said at a Congress of the Saxon Union in Dresden, that of the brown coal mining has an appointment in the Lausitz region until the mid-2040s. He called for the establishment of new structures, such as, for example, rail and road links, as well as research institutions.

Renewable-energy-Association: shutdown for power-supply unproblematic

“Those who want to have this exit and take him as quickly as possible, which then have to be at the end ready to provide you with a planning acceleration law, that all of these infrastructure measures can be completed before this exit,” said Kretschmer.

The President of the Federal Association of Renewable energy, Ex-Green party leader Simone Peter, on the other hand urged a speedy start-up of the Coal phase-out. This is important when it comes to climate protection. For the power supply, a timely shutdown is not a problem. In addition, investments in renewable energies, energy storage and power-heat-coupling with a new impetus.

The transition to a sustainable energy supply should not be further delayed. “Today’s brown coal regions need soon new perspectives for future investment,” said Peter. The Renewable energy industry was already a well 338.600 people work.