Portugal Becomes Europe’s Fourth Country to Quit Coal

Source: Common Dreams

“Environmentalists on Monday hailed the shutdown of Portugal’s last coal-fired power plant, a move that came nearly nine years ahead of the government’s 2030 target — while warning against converting the facility to run on unsustainable biofuel. ‘Ditching coal only to switch to the next worst fuel is clearly not an answer.’ Reuters reports the Pego power plant in Abrantes, which was responsible for 4% of Portugal’s carbon emissions, exhausted its coal stock on Friday, making Saturday the first day in the nation’s history that electricity was generated without the fossil fuel. In shuttering the facility, Portugal fulfilled a pledge it made along with 18 other nations at the 2017 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23) to phase out coal power plants.” (11/22/21)