“How far is Germany from a complete coal exit?”
Germany's ambitious greenhouse gas reduction plans are facing a major obstacle: an apparent addiction to coal, reports Irene Banos Ruiz for Deutsche Welle. Mining company RWE is planning the expansion of some of Europe's biggest coal mines, Garzweiler and Hambach, while climate activists occupying a nearby forest try to prevent it from getting cut down in “Germany's biggest coal battleground”.
According to an analysis by climate NGO Sandbag published this week, German lignite plants make up seven out of 10 of Europe’s biggest CO2 polluters.
Read the report in English here.
For background, read the CLEW factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?.