Thursday 30 September 2021

EU endorses Romania’s commitment to phase out coal by 2032

EU endorses Romania’s commitment to phase out coal by 2032

Romania's commitment to phase out the coal and lignite power production by 2032 has been endorsed by the European Commission.

It is part of the country's €29.2 billion (£25.2m) recovery and resilience plan, which commits 41% of the total allocation on measures that support the green transition.

Reforms promoting sustainable transport include the decarbonisation of road transport, green taxation, incentives for zero-emission vehicles and a modal shift towards railways and water transport.

The plan also has a strong focus on improving the energy efficiency of private and public buildings, digitalisation of road and rail transport as well as climate change adaptation and circular economy.

The reforms and investments are expected to significantly decarbonise the energy sector and unlock the potential for renewable energy deployment.

The Commission has adopted a proposal for a decision to provide €14.2 billion (£12.2bn) in grants and €14.9 billion (£12.8bn) in loans to Romania under the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF).

Valdis Dombrovskis, Executive Vice President for an Economy that Works for People said: “Today, we have endorsed Romania's recovery plan to emerge stronger after the crisis and boost economic growth.

“The plan will help Romania to decarbonise, with measures to phase out coal and lignite power production that should boost competitiveness and make the economy more sustainable. It will also promote sustainable transport and improve the energy efficiency of public and private buildings.”

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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