Ten firms behind 70% of health impact from coal

Ten European companies were responsible for nearly 70% of the health damage caused by coal power plants in 2016, environmentalist campaigners claimed on Tuesday

Ten European companies were responsible for nearly 70% of the health damage caused by coal power plants in 2016, environmentalist campaigners claimed on Tuesday as they released a report and urged an end to investment the closure of existing plants by 2030.

“The two worst companies are Germany’s RWE and EPH,” according to lead author Dave Jones, an analyst at the pro-carbon market think tank Sandbag. They burn coal in “highly populated regions, and they burn lignite, the dirtiest coal”, Jones said. “We have an air pollution crisis, and human health must be prioritised.”

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