“Slowly, Germany bids farewell to coal”
The last German hard coal mine will close in December 2018. Cristina Belda Font, writing for Equal Times, takes a closer look at the 50-year transformation that coal mining and energy industry has seen in the Ruhr region. Some mines are already used to test new technology, such as pumped-storage hydro power. But while the story of hard coal mining has ended, Germany still grapples with the issue of lignite (brown coal) mining and a high dependency on fossil fuels in the electricity sector, the author says.
Read the feature in English here.
Read a CLEW factsheet on coal in Germany’s here.