Czech media reported that according to a decision by the government’s coal commission in Prague, Czech Republic is to withdraw from coal mining by 2038. The coal commission was set up in July 2019 and includes representatives from ministries, parliament, industry, business, the regions and environmental associations.
Environmentalists had called for an earlier departure from fossil fuels, and doctors issued a petition warning of the consequences of ongoing air pollution from coal-fired power plants. Last year, 49 per cent of electricity produced in the Czech Republic was generated by coal. The coal is to be replaced by renewable energy sources as well as by existing and new nuclear reactors.