The Italian government’s decision follows similar plans made by Portugal, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom and comes just ahead of UN climate talks in Bonn.
“We have asked (grid company) Terna to identify the infrastructure needed,” Minister Carlo Calenda said in a parliamentary hearing on the new strategy.
Italy’s biggest utility Enel has already said it will not invest in new coal-fired power plants. Earlier this year in April, utility companies from 26 out of 28 EU member states (except Greece and Poland) signed up to an initiative that pledges no new coal plants from 2020 onwards.
Many EU countries are eyeing an escape from coal power, with the likes of Finland and Poland considering nuclear power as an option to replace closed capacity. Others are doubling down on renewable capacity to fill the gap.