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Britain to shut down coal-fired power plants by 2025

Jan 08, 2018, 6:06 AM EST
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Ahead of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s speech on environment next week, the country has spelled out its phase-out plan for coal-fired power plants, which may halt all operations by 2025 unless they are equipped with carbon capture technology.

The numbers of coal-fired power plants have seen a gradual decline in the U.K. since it levied a tax on carbon emissions in 2013 while the country’s fossil fuel energy generation went down from 75.4 percent to 47.5 percent over the past seven years, notes Green Matters.

Green groups like Greenpeace and ClientEarth have welcomed the government’s plan with a cautionary note that this dirty fuel should not be replaced by new, long-term gas capacity, virtually shackling us in fossil power generation once again, reports The Guardian

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