Italy called on Friday for coal power plants across the country to be phased out by 2025 and for renewable energy to play a greater role as it moves to reduce its carbon footprint.
In a framework energy document, Rome said the aim was for green energy sources to account for 28% of overall energy consumption by 2030 from 17.5% in 2015, Reuters reported.
In particular, it said it wanted renewables to make up 21% of energy consumption in the transportation sector compared to 6.4% in 2015. But gas would continue to have a key role in Italy’s energy strategy, the document said. Italy, which imports about 90% of its gas needs, generates about 43% of its power from gas.
In slides on its new strategy, the government said it wanted to promote new gas import pipelines to diversify supply while liquefied natural gas capacity would be awarded by …