UK to set emissions limit to force coal phase-out

The UK government has introduced an emissions limit for power producers that it hopes will see coal phased out of the country’s energy mix by 2025 The UK government has introduced an emissions limit for power producers that it hopes will see coal phased out of the country’s energy mix by 2025.
By Peter Stewart 8 January 2018 0 29007
Ferrybridge coal-fired power stations Generation from coal-fired plants has nosedived since the country implemented a carbon tax in 2013. (PA)

The UK government announced plans in the first week of 2018 to set an emissions limit of 450 grams of carbon dioxide per kWh of electricity produced.

Details of the plan, intended to ensure the closure of high-polluting coal-fired power plants by 2025, were revealed by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It follows the department’s November 2015 consultation on phasing out coal-fired plants that do not use carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. 

The consultation sought views on the relative benefits and risks...

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