UK to close all its coal power plants by 2025

By Reuters in London ( China Daily ) Updated: 2015-11-19 07:49:51

Britain wants to close all of its coal-fired power plants by 2025 and lower their output from 2023, the government said on Wednesday, making it the first major economy to put a date on shutting down polluting coal plants to curb carbon emissions.

Amber Rudd, UK secretary of state for energy and climate change, was scheduled to set out further details in a speech later on Wednesday that will seek to encourage the building of new gas and nuclear power plants instead.

Coal-fired power plants provided around a third of Britain's electricity last year but many of the aging plants have been due to close over the next decade due to tightening European Union environmental standards.

UK to close all its coal power plants by 2025

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