Leben mit und nach der Kohle

Health impacts from EU coal power plants

Air pollution is a public health crisis. The World Health Organization (WHO) calls it an invisible killer due to its contribution to early deaths and chronic health conditions such as strokes, heart attacks, cancers, and lung disease. While visibly polluted places...

Coal plant retirements gain pace in Europe

Coal plant closure momentum is growing in Europe this month, with four German plants retiring or announcing retirement in March, and Ireland committing to a total coal phase out by 2025.

NGOs Call on Rotterdam Harbour to End Coal Shipments

Europe Beyond Coal groups and other NGOs have called on the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr Ahmed Aboutaleb; the CEO of Rotterdam Port, Mr Allard Castelein; and the Rotterdam City Council, to phase-out coal transshipments.

Sacrificing culture and communities for coal

As German politicians negotiate a power sharing agreement, the impact of their energy choices has been brought into sharp focus by the demolition of the St Lambertus church for a coal mine.


Die Familie von Norbert Winzen lebt seit Generationen in Keyenberg. Winzen ist Bauer, genau wie sein Vater.

Europe is not fighting hard enough to keep out coal subsidies

To prevent coal subsidies, the European Commission proposed a CO2 threshold for power plants to receive public subsidies. However, due to last minute edits from current EU President, Estonia, the door will be open for existing high-carbon power plants to receive...