RWE is no longer operating any hard coal fired power plants in the United Kingdom and Germany. Our aim for the remaining power plants in the Netherlands is to convert the Eemshaven plant to enable the use of sustainable biomass. The Amer power plant has already been converted.
For decades, hard coal along with gas was an important fuel for the production of electricity and heat in the Netherlands. The change in the way of thinking about the CO2 emissions of fossil fuels such as hard coal and the rise of an increasing level of sustainable energy production has led to a reduction in the share of hard coal. In 2019, the Dutch government passed a law setting a definite end date for the use of hard coal for the production of electricity.