Four European countries have pledged to phase out coal by 2030
06 Jul 2021

Four European countries have pledged to phase out coal by 2030

Spain, Croatia, Northern Macedonia and Albania have promised to phase out coal-fired power generation by 2030.

The countries have joined the international campaign "Energy Supply of the Former Coal Alliance" (PPCA), reports.

The PPCA initiative also includes the Polish energy company ZE PAK and the Polish East Wielkopolska region, as well as businesses and financial institutions.

In 2020, coal accounted for 5% of Spain's installed capacity of 6 GW. In January 2021, Endesa closed its 1.4 GW coal-fired power plant in Ponte, Galicia. The Spanish authorities authorized in August 2020 the closure of three coal-fired power plants with a total capacity of 1,205 MW, namely the Lada-4 power plant with a capacity of 348 MW by Iberdrola in Asturias, the Meirama power plant by Naturgy with a capacity of 557 MW in La Coruna and the New Bridge power plant with a capacity of 300 MW in Cordoba.

Croatia, which has joined the EU, has the Plomin-1 coal-fired power plant, which supplies about 13% of the country's electricity needs.

In northern Macedonia, the Bitola coal-fired power plant, located on the outskirts of the village of Novaci, now supplies about 4.34 million MWh - almost 70% of all electricity consumed.