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: (accessed 30.10.2014) []
  2. Petz, K. (2013): KfW and coal financing – climate damaging finance by a
    green bank; April 2013: (accessed 20.10.2014) []