Germany urged to slash use of "harmful" lignite

Swedish environmental group the NGO secretariat on acid rain has urged a 40% cut in Germany's use of lignite (brown coal) and associated carbon dioxide emissions by 2020. The group described lignite as "one of the most inefficient and ecologically damaging forms of energy production in Europe". Lignite use in Germany could even increase due to the country's nuclear phase-out, despite already imposing hidden costs of up to €35bn per year, it warned. Germany's environmental movement has long campaigned for lower lignite use (EED 16/12/98). See press release and the report.

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