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