Vattenfall: Sourcing uranium from controversial Namibian mine

Vattenfall sources the uranium for its 10 nuclear reactors from mines in Australia, Canada and Namibia1, including Rio Tinto’s Rössing2 mine in Namibia. This mine has been implicated in severe environmental and human rights abuses as well as outdated and inadequate safety measures.3 Swedwatch further affirms that Vattenfall is not meeting its self-formulated monitoring standards for uranium procurement, with the last formal audit of the Rössing mine dating back more than six years.


  1. Vattenfall (2014): Fuel procurement; Vattenfall:
    http://corporate.vattenfall.com/sustainability/sustainable-financial-performance/sustainability-in-the-supply-chain/fuel-procurement/ (accessed 20.10.2014) []
  2. For further information on Rössing, please refer to
    Dirty Profits 2, Rio Tinto []
  3. Swedwatch (nd): Import of Uranium from Namibia to Swedish Nuclear Power Plants: http://www.swedwatch.org/sites/default/files/Executive_summary_1.pdf (accessed 20.10.2014); see also Dirty Profits II []

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