Accelerated lignite exit in Bulgaria, Romania and Greece

Uploaded: 6 of May, 2020

In light of the ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement and highly ambitious long term decarbonisation goals set by the European Green Deal, a critical question for decision-makers is how to sustain a coal and lignite phase-out that is as swift as possible while also ensuring security of supply, affordable electricity, and a just transition in regions dependent on coal. The aim of this report is to support decision makers in how to implement a timely phase-out of coal by presenting results of analysis on the impact on electricity systems as well as the local economy, and highlighting policy recommendations to deal with potential issues related to compensation, system security and local economic impacts. The report builds on two main work streams: modelling the impact of the early retirement of some coal and all lignite power plants in the electricity sector in Bulgaria, Greece and Romania; and calculation of the regional and local impacts of an early coal/lignite exit based on NUTS 2 and NUTS 3 level regional data collection.

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