Czech gov't discussing scenarios for stopping coal consumption

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PRAGUE, Jan. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Czech Coal Commission discussed three scenarios for stopping coal consumption that were put forward from working groups on Tuesday, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The government is hoping to have a complete proposal for the withdrawal of coal from Czech industry by September so that a decision can be made by the end of the year.

The three decarbonization scenarios put forward by the working groups fell into rapid, moderate, and slow categories.

According to a release by the ministry, a rapid path would mean reduction in coal use as early as 2030 to 2035, moderate from 2035 to 2045, and slow between 2045 to 2050.

The working groups studied decarbonization from many angles. The first presented an analysis on coal termination in the Czech Republic which looked at electricity consumption and production. The analysis looks at ways to replace coal dependency, such as already available domestic options like nuclear energy, renewables, and natural gas.

The second working group analyzed the legal and policy aspects of decarbonization, and the third provided analysis on socio-economic impacts.

The commission will reconvene in March while the working groups continue their negotiations and analysis. Enditem

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