Lignite mining and power generation in eastern German region Lusatia could be profitable, Helmar Rendez, CEO of Germany’s newest lignite company Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) told German daily BILD in an interview. “We assume that we can earn money again with lignite,” Rendez said. He pointed out that LEAG had a responsibility for “a time after coal”: “We must ensure that safe and usable post-mining landscapes emerge.” LEAG was established to manage Vattenfall’s former German lignite operations after the takeover by Czech company EPH earlier this year.
Read the interview in German here.
For more information on Vattenfall’s decision to give up lignite mining in Lusatia see the CLEW-Factsheet Vattenfall's German brown coal: what's being sold and who wants to buy.