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24 Jul 2018

Two-thirds of today’s lignite workers will retire by 2030 regardless of coal exit - report

Clean Energy Wire

Two-thirds of employees in the German lignite sector are older than 45 years (2015 data), according to a report published by the Institute for Applied Ecology (Ökoinstitut) for the Federal Environment Agency (UBA). Therefore, 63 percent of the employees will retire by 2030. This means that compulsory redundancies among the existing workforce can largely be avoided if coal power generation is reduced in accordance with Germany's 2030 climate target, the researchers say.  Their analysis shows that future support for lignite mining regions must focus on establishing new, future-proof sectors and companies, since there will not be any new jobs in the lignite industry before 2030, the researchers conclude.

Find the report in German here.

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