Germany - Miners’ union wants negotiations on the coal plant future - March 31, 2016

The energy and mining trade union IG BCE said it is ready to negotiate with the government on the future of the most-polluting coal-fired power plants, an effort to prevent them from closing until near the middle of the century. IG BCE, representing about 650,000 workers in mining, power and chemicals, is ready to take up an offer to join ‘roundtable’ talks on the coal plants. The government is considering phasing out lignite from 2030 and hard coal from 2040. The cabinet is drawing up in 2016 a climate program for 2050. Ministers have sought talks with the union while hinting that a phase-out of coal-fired generation is part of their program. IG BCE announced that it won’t support a ‘unilateral exit’ from lignite generation.

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