Interview: Coal lobby leader on compensation, EU hostility, and securing just transition funds for the sector

The coal industry has found itself at the sharp end as the European Union seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and is largely resigned to a phase out that is well under way. ENDS Europe spoke to Brian Ricketts, secretary general of the European Association for Coal and Lignite (Euracoal), who argued the winding up of coal-fired power generation is a political decision, not an economic one, and stressed that the global industry was far from moribund.

by Robert Hodgson
Ricketts: "Economically it looks suicidal: the cheapest source of electricity in the European Union is from German lignite" (Photo by JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/dpa/AFP via Getty Images)
Ricketts: "Economically it looks suicidal: the cheapest source of electricity in the European Union is from German lignite" (Photo by JULIAN STRATENSCHULTE/dpa/AFP via Getty Images)

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