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Hungary to complete coal phaseout by 2025, five years ahead of plan

Euractiv:

The country’s last coal power plant will be shut down in 2025 instead of 2030, Hungary’s secretary of state for EU affairs announced earlier this week.

“Our plan is to reach 90% carbon neutral electricity generation by 2030,” said Attila Steiner, on Tuesday (2 March) at the annual summit of the Powering Past Coal Alliance.

Budapest intends to achieve this by maintaining its existing nuclear generation capacity and increasing solar power to 6 GW – three times more than the country’s existing nuclear capacity, Steiner said.

“Thirdly, we would like to phase out the lignite-fired blocs of our last remaining coal-fired power plant by 2025 – the [884MW] Matra power plant,” he added, saying Hungary will benefit from EU funding to retrain coal workers affected by the closure.

A 200 MW solar farm is now planned for the plant’s site, illustrating how the clean energy transition can replace coal jobs and mine closures with new opportunities, green campaigners said.

In addition to Hungary, six European countries are expected to end coal by 2025: France (2022), Portugal (2022), Slovakia (2023), the UK (2024), Ireland (2025) and Italy (2025), according to Europe Beyond Coal.

[Frédéric Simon]

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