Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the energy war between the Russian Federation and the European Union bring changes in tactics and strategy in the policy of bureaucrats in Brussels.
According to a piece of news that reached us this morning, the states of the European Union can use coal for a longer period of time as an energy resource, until they transfer to renewable energies, to avoid dependence on Russian gas, said European Commissioner Frans Timmermans, who is also the head of the European Green New Deal program.
He said that EU states could burn coal as an alternative to Russian gas and stay in line with the Union’s climate targets, Politico.eu reports.
“There are no taboos in this situation. Things have changed. I mean, history took a very different turn last week, and we have to adapt to that change, “Timmermans told BBC Radio4Today on Thursday.
The same bureaucrat, Timmermans, threatens, until yesterday, the EU member states that they will be sanctioned if they do not give up coal as an energy resource.
These “urges” of Timmermans were never followed by some states, such as Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic. The share of coal in electricity production varies from 85-90% in Poland to 25-35% in the Czech Republic and Germany.
Romania, dominated in government structures by amateur or ignorant politicians in the field, blindly obeyed Timmermans’ “indications”.
A “source” document from the Romanian government, entitled Emblematic Reforms of the Romanian Recovery and Resilience Plan, indicates that Romania intends to phase out coal by 2032. The document states that much of the country’s coal mining will be completed by the complete elimination of coal mining is planned for 2030 and 2032.
Economic nonsense, of course.
The document does not provide specific closure data for any of the country’s coal-fired power plants, but says Romania aims to increase its share of renewable energy to 34% by 2030.
Which will be impossible, in the current European political and economic coordinates.
“This is the first time we have seen an official document containing a date for the elimination of coal for Romania, but in order to align with the Paris Agreement and the EU Green Agreement, Romania must eliminate coal by 2030 at the latest and it is implementing a series of reforms that are already starting to stimulate renewable energy and leave fossil fuels behind, ”said Vlad Cătună, Greenpeace’s energy campaigner. “We will have a clearer picture of how Romania intends to do this when we have the final restructuring plan for the state energy company Complexul Energetic Oltenia. This is currently up to the European Commission, which must decide whether Romania’s planned use of state aid supports or undermines the EU’s decarbonisation targets. ”
“The Romanian government clearly understands that the damaging coal industry has become a burden and that closing it is the only logical way forward. But the plans to liquidate the industry must include clear measures to support the transition of workers in the coal industry and their communities, “said Alexandru Mustață, Fair Transition Coordinator at Bankwatch Romania. “The government document released only refers to Romania’s coal mines, and does not say anything about the remaining coal plants, especially Paroseni, Iasi or Govora, which are not covered by the restructuring plan for the state energy company Complexul Energetic Oltenia. It should close well before 2030 and there are quality studies that show that this is possible without endangering Romania’s energy security. ”
NGOs, unaware of what the energy industry means, have come to direct the country’s energy policy.
Europe Beyond Coal is an alliance of civil society groups working to catalyze the closure of coal mines and power plants, prevent the development of new coal projects, and speed up the smooth transition to clean, renewable, and energy-efficient energy.