Sign up for our newsletter ⟩
News |

Climate activists in Germany break into Fortum-linked coal plant

Activists say Germany's new coal power plant, Datteln 4, symbolises fossil fuel pollution.

Datteln 4 -voimalaa vastustava mielenosoitus liittokanslerin viraston edustalla Berliinissä 29. tammikuuta.
Activists in Berlin protesting the Datteln 4 plant on 29 January. Image: Stefan Boness / AOP

On Sunday climate activists broke into a German coal power plant owned by Uniper, in which Finland’s Fortum utility is set to acquire a majority share.

"This is the only coal power plant under construction in western Europe," Fridays for Future climate activist Luisa Neubauer tweeted on Sunday.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Luisamneubauer/status/1223874441752588288

The power station, located near Dortmund, is owned by energy company Uniper. Finland's majority-state-owned energy firm Fortum’s stake in Uniper is set to rise from 49.9 percent to 70.5 percent following an acquisition.

Datteln 4 will start running in mid-2020 and is the last new coal-fired power plant to enter service in Germany, which has decided to phase out the fossil-fuel by no later than 2038, according to news agency Reuters.

"We must immediately stop using fossil fuel energy or we’ll be on the path to a world that’s 4-6 degrees warmer," Kathrin Henneberger of anti-coal movement Ende Gelände was quoted as saying in a statement.

Activists breaking into Datteln 4 represent Ende Gelände as well as a group known as DeCOALonize Europe.

Uniper was created in 2016 when German electric utility E.ON divested its fossil fuel assets.

Latest in: News

Headlines

Our picks

Latest

Muualla Yle.fi:ssä