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Germany’s transition: ‘Responsibility for society as a whole’
Angela Merkel’s government has endorsed a “coal exit commission” plan to accelerate a transition from coal-fired generation in a way that protects workers and shows “responsibility for society as a whole.”
German mining-state governors push for post-coal job programs
Governors of German coal-producing states are lobbying a federal commission for policies that would create thousands of new jobs to replace those lost in a national shift from coal.
As transition proceeds in Germany, an emphasis on coal-miner protections
Germany’s environment minister says the government is committed to ensuring that coal workers are given new job opportunities in the fast-changing energy economy.
Government, industry, unions strike deal to protect workers in Spanish transition from coal
The Spanish government, coal companies, and unions have reached a deal that includes $285 million for early retirement funds for miners over 48, and job retraining and support for younger miners. “Losing mines does not have to mean a loss of work. Done thoughtfully, it could present an opportunity for new economic growth.”
International Energy Agency Sees Coal Demand Stagnating
In its annual review of the global coal trade, the IEA sees demand remaining flat for at least the next five years. The trend stands to damp export business for U.S. coal producers: “Coal’s share in the global energy mix is forecast to decline to 26 percent in 2022, compared to 27 percent in 2016, the report said.”