EU ban on Russian coal comes into force

The coal cutoff is predicted to impact about €8 billion worth of Russian exports every year

Big Zero Report 2022

The European ban on Russian coal imports has come into effect.

This follows the EU’s emergency plan to reduce gas demand – European gas saving measures came into force on Tuesday.

Starting from today, member states are forbidden to import Russian coal as part of the fifth package of sanctions against Russia.

The 10th of August marked the end of a wind-down period the European Commission has given to countries for existing contracts.

It is estimated that this ban affects almost one-fourth of all Russian coal exports, amounting to nearly €8 billion (£6.7bn) loss of revenue per year for Russia.

In June, Europe adopted the sixth package of sanctions that among others prohibits the purchase, import and transfer of crude oil and certain petroleum products from Russia.

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