Greece reports 7 days without use of coal power

The ‘phase-out’ or ‘phase-down’ of coal is a big question in climate strategy, forming a significant part of discussions at last year’s COP28. Many countries have been hesitant to set targets to reduce their use of this fossil fuel, however good news has recently emerged from Greece with reports that the country has experienced seven days without using any coal in April 2024.

This doesn’t mean that the country was able to power itself solely on renewables during this time, as gas was used in conjunction with renewables. Nevertheless, it is certainly a positive step forward in the global energy transition. Greece has set itself a target to phase out coal completely by 2028 and claims to have already cut its output by 90%. Recent reports from the country show that the use of coal is becoming more and more unprofitable, leading to a heavier reliance on sustainable options in conjunction with gas.

There has been evidence to suggest this trend is not restricted to Greece. Neighbouring Bulgaria has also reported the increasing unprofitability of coal, with news of coal plants having to make significant cutbacks and reducing their workforces. While loss of employment will cause issues for local communities, it does show a positive shift for climate targets.

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