Austria has ended coal

Austria has shut down its last coal power plant, Verbund’s Mellach site, eliminating the fossil fuel from electricity production, and making the country the third in Europe to do so (after Belgium and Sweden).

The closure comes after years of successful campaigning advocating for a coal exit and a focus on renewables.

France, Slovakia, Portugal, the UK, Ireland and Italy are also expected to exit coal by 2025 or earlier.

P.S. Austria has also proposed and extended a slew of green policies and ideas during Covid – it’s worth checking them all out!