British government has set deadline for coal-fired power plants
The British government has set strict dates and restrictions on the phase-out of coal-fired power plants
The British government has set strict dates and restrictions for phasing out coal-fired power plants.
The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) said that from October 1, 2025, coal-fired power plants would be forced to close unless carbon capture technology was adopted.
This will limit the emissions from coal-fired power plants to 450 grams of CO2 per kWh of electricity produced and to power generation facilities that burn more than 300 megawatts of solid fossil fuel combustion.
After nearly 6,000 advisory assessments, the government expects the current 6 GW of coal-fired capacity to be reduced to 1.5 GW by 2025.
Legislation in support of Britain's legally binding goal of 2050, a 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from 1990 levels, is part of Britain's international climate change obligations.
A spokesman for BEIS said: "Our assessment is that the capacity market will ensure that there is enough capacity to replace forcedly closed coal-fired power plants."