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Document says Germany set to end coal-fired power generation 'well before 2050'

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Document says Germany set to end coal-fired power generation 'well before 2050'

Germany is set to end the use of "wellbefore 2050," Reuters reported, citing a draft environment ministrydocument it had seen on May 3.

Calls have grown for Berlin to set out a timetable layingout its plans to withdraw from coal use in power generation in the wake of theParis climate protection deal.

The document noted that by 2030, CO2 emissions from theenergy sector will need to be cut in half compared to 2014 levels, the reportsaid. It called for expediting the expansion of renewables, upping the supportfor solar power, and enforcing a stricter European emissions trading system.

The draft also endorsed setting up a committee geared towardmitigating or deterring the potential backlash veering away from coal use willhave on communities that rely heavily on the production of the fossil fuel.

The document is yet to be approved by other ministries andgreenlighted by Environment Minister Barbara Hendricks. Germany is due todecide on a national climate action plan for 2050 by mid-2016, which willdelineate its plans to achieve its goal of cutting CO2 emissions by up to 95%compared to 1990 levels by the middle of the century, the report said.