Vattenfall: Open-cast lignite mining

Vattenfall is running five open-cast mines located in the Laustiz – the second biggest lignite mining area in northeast Germany. Lignite mining requires large tracts of land and has resulted in the displacement of villages and the burning of lignite has a large impact on carbon emissions. Yet, Vattenfall is apparently investigating the possible sale of these mines.1

Furthermore, Vattenfall has been criticised for its involvement in the development of two lignite-fired power plants in Kosovo, funded with the aid of the German governmental KfW bank.2


  1. Spiegel (2014): Vattenfall bereitet den Ausstieg aus deutscher
    Braunkohle vor; 30 October: http://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/vattenfall-prueft-verkauf-von-braunkohlegeschaeft-in-der-lausitz-a-1000149.html (accessed 30.10.2014) []
  2. Petz, K. (2013): KfW and coal financing – climate damaging finance by a
    green bank; April 2013: https://www.urgewald.org/sites/default/files/backup_migrate/kfw_coal_briefing_april2013.pdf (accessed 20.10.2014) []
Case location
Evenemangsgatan, 169 56 Solna, Suecia
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Affected topics
  • Environmental and Climate protection
Affected norms and standards Directly and indirectly (through shareholding) involved companies Indirect investors through shareholding

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