News Digest Item
09 Feb 2017

“Existing east German open pit lignite mines suffice until phase-out”

German Institute for Economic Research (DIW)

There will be no need to extend Germany’s open pit lignite mines if the country sticks to its climate protection targets, the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) writes in a press release. Lignite reserves in already-approved mines were sufficient to allow for power generation in line with climate targets until 2030, a study conducted by the DIW’s energy division found. Politicians must now “come up with a plan for a socially acceptable coal phase-out”, DIW-energy economist Claudia Kemfert said.

Read the press release in German here.

For background, read the CLEW dossier The energy transition and climate change and the factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?

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