Europe set for coal-free power by 2030 - analysis

Coal power could be a thing of the past in Europe by 2030 purely on the basis of its poor economics, according to consultancy BNEF, which suggests that the global carbon emissions from energy use may have peaked last year.

by Simon Pickstone
Sunset industry: Germany's Weisweiler coal-fired power plant and Inden mine site in February 2019. BNEF analysis indicates coal will be economically unviable in Europe by 2030. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images
Sunset industry: Germany's Weisweiler coal-fired power plant and Inden mine site in February 2019. BNEF analysis indicates coal will be economically unviable in Europe by 2030. Photo: Maja Hitij/Getty Images

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