‘Ten years too late’ – most toxic company promises to quit coal


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Currently running some of the largest and dirtiest coal power stations on the continent, RWE is Europe’s biggest emitter of carbon-dioxide (CO2), as well as Europe’s most toxic coal company because of the impact of its lignite (brown coal) fleet on human health.

The 2040 target is meant to respond to the increasing public pressure to move beyond coal, and to the German government’s commitment to phase it out by 2038. However, leaving coal-fired power generation behind and transitioning to cleaner energy is vital for Europe’s biggest economy to deliver on the Paris Agreement, and climate experts warned that a 2038 target is already too late.

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