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Coal under pressure as EU carbon reforms bite

EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale EU climate policies are beginning to squeeze out coal in Europe’s power mix but have yet to benefit gas-to-power on a large scale.
By Andreas Walstad 4 April 2019 Europe & Russia / Alternative Fuels 0 34106
A coal-fired power plant in Germany. (E.On)

The key issue: CO2 emissions in the sectors covered by the EU Emissions Trading System fell by around 4% last year compared with the year before, according to preliminary data released this week by the European Commission.

Interfax analysis: Coal-to-gas switching does not appear to have made a major contribution to the reduction in European carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, but it could do so in 2019 because of a combination of lower gas prices and carbon market reform.

Data from the European Commission released this...