News Digest Item
31 Mar 2017

East German mining company scraps Lusatia mine expansion plans

Clean Energy Wire / LEAG

In a far-reaching decision, eastern German energy company and operator of one of the country’s largest lignite mining operations LEAG scrapped plans by former owner Vattenfall to expand one of its lignite mines, and downsizing or putting on hold other development plans. While politicians and the industry said the company’s medium-term plans for the region still provided stability, other observes said the decision was the “beginning of the end” of lignite in Lusatia and Germany. LEAG’s move comes as a relief for those villagers who would have had to relocate.

LEAG open pit lignite mine Welzow-Süd in Lusatia. Source - CLEW 2016.

Find LEAG's press release in German here.

Find background information in CLEW's factsheet When will Germany finally ditch coal?

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