Local groups and NGOs today welcomed the Czech government’s decision to file a lawsuit at the European Court of Justice against the Polish government for the illegal operation of the Turów lignite coal mine, which has been dug right up to the Czech and German borders, damaging local water supplies for nearby communities.
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Civil society groups in Europe launched a set of digital tools to help take part in online protests, blocking European fossil fuel companies.
The Czech coal commission contemplates a post-2030 phase out that would undermine the Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš’s recent commitment.
Turów, 30 August 2020 - Local citizens and people from across Poland, Germany and the Czech Republic are kayaking to the Turów mine today, in protest of the failure of their governments and EU institutions to uphold laws protecting them and their water from the mining and burning of coal.
European financial institutions and international investors and banks including BlackRock and the Japanese megabanks are keeping Europe’s terminally declining coal industry on life support, handing companies €12 billion in investment, and €9.8 billion in loans and underwriting in less than 1.5 years, according to a new report.
Updated for 2020, Fool’s Gold - The financial institutions risking our renewable energy future with coal examines eight European, and four significant international, financial institutions, and finds that all continued to pump money into coal companies in the year after the IPCC released its 1.5 degrees C special report.
Many national governments have stated their intention to phase-out coal. Currently 15 European countries have announced their intention to exit coal. Three of these, Belgium, Austria and Sweden have now become coal power free. Of the 15 that have announced their intention to exit coal, Germany is the only country that wants to exit after 2030.
A new set of digital tools were launched to highlight coal utilities and financial institutions that continue to hold back progress.
The future of coal has darkened considerably with energy company PKN ORLEN announcing that it will not invest in Ostrołęka C as a coal-fired project.