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final lumps of coal were burned last week at the last remaining
coal-fired power plant in Belgium, signaling an end to the coal power
era in yet another European country.
Just last month, Scotland’s 115-year-long dependence
on the dirty, carbon emission-spewing power source came to an end as
the Longannet Power Station - once the largest coal plant in Europe - was
switched off on March 24.
With plants idled all over the continent, now more than a quarter of European Union nations have quit coal, with Belgium and Scotland’s shutdowns bringing them in line with coal power-free countries Cyprus, Luxembourg, Malta, Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. They will be joined by larger EU nations come 2025, when Portugal, Austria, Finland, and the rest of the U.K. have promised to rid their power grids of one of the dirtiest forms of energy production.
While fossil fuels such as natural gas are still part of these
nations’ energy equations, clean renewable power from wind and solar
farms is meeting record levels of their electricity needs.
“Belgium going coal free is yet another proof that the golden days of
the coal industry are over,” Joanna Flisowska, policy coordinator at
Climate Action Network Europe, said in a statement. “This is good news
for the climate. To avoid the worst impacts of climate change, the EU
has to ensure that carbon emissions from its coal power plants are cut
down much faster than their current rate.”