The Government has announced plans to close all coal-fired power stations by 2025 and restrict their use by 2023.
The decision was part of a broader change in direction on energy policy to move away from carbon-intensive energy production and deliver a new energy infrastructure that business and communities can rely on.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Amber Rudd, said:
“We need to build a new energy infrastructure, fit for the 21st century… Our determination to cut carbon emissions as cost effectively as possible is crystal clear and this step will make us one of the first developed countries to commit to taking coal off our system.”
Rudd stated that the UK would be one of the first developed countries in the world to commit to removing coal from its energy systems, in spite of the UK facing legacy under-investment and ageing power stations.