News Digest Item
14 Feb 2017

Lignite industry central to Lusatian town of Boxberg

Sächsische Zeitung

The lignite industry is central to the local economy in the Lusatian town of Boxberg, reports Carla Mattern in regional newspaper Sächsische Zeitung. Of its population of around 4,750, 1,882 are employed in the town’s large lignite power station or its open-cast mine, earning more than 90 million euros in total, according to the report. Mayor Achim Junker said Energiewende policies had created great uncertainties for business, adding that these figures must form the basis of any future compensation measures for a lignite phase-out.

For background, read the CLEW factsheets When will Germany finally ditch coal? and Coal in Germany.

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