National Energy and Climate Plans reveal that the EU countries set to receive most of the Just Transition Fund plan to stick with coal – or swap it for fossil gas.
As part of its European Green Deal, the European Commission has proposed a Just Transition Fund, worth up to €40billion to support the EU regions most affected by the transition to a low carbon economy. This report analyses the final National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) of 18 EU Member States that are still using coal for electricity generation. We assess whether the plans for coal are in line with the EU’s climate commitments and whether the Just Transition Fund would therefore be used to support a real transition in these EU coal-countries. This report is the second part of a series and follows CAN Europe and Ember’s 2019 assessment of the draft NECPs: Just Transition or Just Talk?.
To meet the EU’s commitments under the Paris Agreement and limit global temperature rise to 1.5°C, all EU countries need to phase out coal by 2030, and transition directly to clean electricity without increasing the use of other fossil fuels such as fossil gas.
Download full report: 2020 Just Transition or Just Talk?