Magnus Hall, the chief executive of Vattenfall, has called on the German government to provide a clear date for coal power phase-out and put more emphasis on combined heat and power.

The Swedish utility CEO made a clear call for the increased use of combined heat and power in an interview with Platts this week.Magnus Hall

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government set a goal of reducing the country’s emissions by 40% by 2020 compared with 1999 levels. But a new energy agreement between prospective coalition members does not specify a percentage decrease.

Meanwhile at EU level this week the European Parliament passed a law to cut CO2 emissions and fund low-carbon innovation. The law’s aim is to strengthen EU curbs on CO2 emissions from industry, so as to begin delivering on Paris climate accord pledges.

Part of the process will involve a modernisation fund will help to upgrade energy systems in lower-income EU member states. MEPs tightened up the financing rules so that the fund is not used for coal-fired projects, except for district heating in the poorest member states.