Czechia could stop using coal for electricity production in 2038

A special unit set up by the Czech government recommended that the country to stop using coal in 2038, DPA reports.

2038 is a compromise solution, said the Czech Minister of Industry, Karel Havlicek, during the presentation of the final report, adding that two other possible dates were discussed: 2033 or 2043.

Environmental NGOs have called for faster disposal of fossil fuels and doctors have signed a petition warning of the consequences of air pollution.

Environmental activists who have been picketing the Czech Ministry of Industry and Environment since November 16 have called for the removal of coal by 2030 at the latest.

Currently, coal-based power plants are responsible for 50% of electricity production in Czechia. Coal is to be replaced by renewable energy sources as well as current and new nuclear reactors.

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