European Union Agrees to End Coal Subsidies by 2025

Written by Sami Grover

Poland, however, gets some wiggle room.

Given how bad climate change already is for our health, how quickly we need to decarbonize, and how much the damage from fossil fuels is costing us, it’s utterly crazy to think that we still subsidizing coal to the extent that we do.

And yet here we are.

The good news, coming to us via Frédéric Simon over at Climate Home News, is that the European Union just agreed to phase out almost all coal subsidies by 2025 at the latest. There is, however, one fairly significant caveat: Poland, the most coal dependent of member states, will be allowed to grandfather in contracts made before the end of December 2019. While hardly ideal, it seems this particular clause was necessary to prevent Poland from holding out and collapsing the deal altogether.

The really good news is that deals like this don’t exist in a vacuum. A significant percentage of coal plants are losing money already, and the vast majority will be in the near future—even without deals like the one just announced.

This deal isn’t enough to avert climate crisis. But it’s one of the steps that needs to happen to get us there. To those who celebrated Christmas, I hope Santa brought you something other than, well, you know what…

This post originally appeared on TreeHugger.

Photo Credit: Getty Images

52 comments

Michael F

Thank You for Sharing This !!!

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JinnySITEISSUES L

Smart and Competent move. Thanks for sharing.

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Marija M
Marija M17 days ago

I do hope that comes true by 2025...

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Colin C
Colin C19 days ago

Good news even though Poland held out. Like the little joke at the end of the article about getting a lump of coal New Years Day.

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Irene S
Irene S21 days ago

Beneath the horrible pollution, coal mining caused so much suffering and deaths and is still causing landscape destruction up to earthquakes and landslides. It should be ended for good much sooner all over the world!

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Brian F
Brian F21 days ago

This is great news, although it needs to happen sooner than 2025.

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Brian F
Brian F21 days ago

All dirty coal needs to be left in

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Sherry Kohn
Sherry K22 days ago

Noted

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Fran F
Fran F22 days ago

Coal subsidies should end much sooner than 2025, of course! That goes for the US and the rest of the world as well.

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Chad A
Chad A22 days ago

Thank you.

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