Consultation outcome

Coal generation in Great Britain: The pathway to a low-carbon future

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Implementing the end of unabated coal by 2025: government response to unabated coal closure consultation

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The future of coal generation in Great Britain: impact assessment

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Detail of outcome

One of the biggest contributions we can make to reducing power sector emissions is to replace unabated coal power stations with lower-carbon forms of generation.

We sought views on approaches to ending unabated coal generation in Great Britain by 2025. The government response states how we intend to put the 2025 closure into effect.

Feedback received

Coal generation in Great Britain: summary of responses to consultation

Detail of feedback received

We received 5,939 responses from interested parties, including:

  • individuals
  • businesses
  • trade bodies
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

The document above summarises the responses received.

Original consultation

Summary

This consultation seeks views on approaches to put into effect the closure of unabated coal power stations by 2025.

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Consultation description

Coal is the most carbon intensive fossil fuel, producing twice the level of carbon emissions as natural gas when used for power generation. It is clear that one of the biggest contributions we can make to reducing power sector emissions is to replace unabated coal power stations with lower-carbon forms of generation.

This consultation seeks stakeholder feedback on proposals to put into effect an end to unabated coal generation by 2025. It also tests proposals for a constraint on coal generation in the years ahead of that, in order to manage closures in an orderly way.

Setting requirements that will see an end to unabated coal generation in Great Britain by 2025 will provide the market with certainty and enable it to plan how to replace this capacity with lower-carbon forms of generation.

Documents

Coal generation in Great Britain: The pathway to a low-carbon future - consultation

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Coal generation in Great Britain: The pathway to a low-carbon future - impact assessment

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Published 9 November 2016
Last updated 5 January 2018 + show all updates
  1. Government response and impact assessment published.
  2. Summary of responses published.
  3. Consultation close date extended from 1 to 8 Feb 2017
  4. First published.