Tag Archive: Germany

Polish court ducks opportunity to reign in PGE at Turów

August 31, 2023 3:47 pm Published by

Warsaw's Administrative Court has suspended proceedings on Turów coal mine's sham environmental impact assessment (EIA) that its owner PGE requires for its licence renewal. The verdict leaves local communities, already battered by water shortages, subsidence and dust, to stare down the barrel of a further twenty years of mining, while they await the claimants’ appeal. 

RWE tears down operational wind turbines in grab for more coal

August 28, 2023 5:10 pm Published by

As devastating wildfires continue to ravage Europe as a consequence of the climate emergency, German energy giant RWE has begun dismantling operational wind turbines near its sprawling Garzweiler open pit coal mine in North Rhine Westphalia with the intention of excavating a further 15 to 20 million tonnes of coal. 

Flawed Turów coal mine assessment gets green light

October 10, 2022 3:07 pm Published by

Poland’s General Director for Environmental Protection waved through an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the country’s Turów coal mine this past Friday, despite expert analysis showing the EIA severely underestimates the amount of groundwater the mine is draining.

RWE concedes 2030 coal exit, but still plans to destroy villages and to invest in fossil fuel projects

October 4, 2022 4:37 pm Published by

German utility RWE has conceded that it will exit coal by 2030, eight years earlier than previously planned, further confirming Germany’s 2030 coal exit. However, the agreement struck with the federal, and state government for North Rhine-Westphalia will still see RWE destroy the village of Lützerath and commit it to fossil gas investments.

Europe’s coal phaseout: we’re halfway there

March 23, 2021 2:03 pm Published by

It has been five years since the UN Paris Climate Agreement, and in that short time, half of Europe’s coal plants have closed, or have announced pre-2030 closure plans. 2030 is now the key date for coal in Europe and the OECD, as it’s the latest possible moment these countries can close their coal plants and still meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Czech Republic to sue Poland over Turów coal mine

February 22, 2021 4:54 pm Published by

Local groups and NGOs today welcomed the Czech government’s decision to file a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice against the Polish government for the illegal operation of the Turów lignite coal mine, which has been dug right up to the Czech and German borders, damaging local water supplies for nearby communities.

Help clean up Europe’s industry!

February 2, 2021 9:39 pm Published by

We're running out of time to address climate change, and while the EU is doing more and more to act on it and clean up industry, one of its key laws to cut industrial pollution does not cover carbon emissions! This has to change, and we have an opportunity to do it right now!