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IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

IEEFA Europe: Can Coal Power Hang On?

Investors May Not Be Eager to Absorb More Losses Like Those Seen in Recent Dutch Build-Outs

Investment in new coal-fired power plants appears off the agenda in Western Europe. Witness the astonishing write-down of brand-new assets in the Netherlands, where European utility giants RWE, Uniper, and Engie have drastically reduced their valuations of plants barely a year old (read the report we published this morning, “The Dutch Coal Mistake,” which concludes […]

November 30, 2016 Read More →
IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

IEEFA Europe: Blueprint for a Lignite Phase-Out in Germany

Foundation-Based Approach to Closure and Clean-Up; New Czech Owners of Vattenfall Assets in Lausitz Can Afford to Foot the Bill; a Timeline That Helps Local Communities Prepare for Transition

The recent “sale” by the Swedish state-owned utility Vattenfall of its German lignite assets throws a harsh light on a dark paradox: the continued use of the world’s most carbon-intensive fuel by a country with some of the most ambitious targets to tackle climate change. The deal transfers a cluster of lignite mines and their […]

September 22, 2016 Read More →

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Volvo rolls out first vehicle manufactured with fossil-free steel

The Driven: Swedish automaker Volvo Group has unveiled what it says is the world’s first vehicle made from fossil-free steel, a load carrier for use in mining and quarrying that was made using steel produced through a novel process involving green hydrogen. Volvo’s announcement this week that it has produced the world’s first vehicle made […]

October 15, 2021 Read More →

Sweden’s Vattenfall moves net zero pledge forward to 2040

Reuters: Swedish energy company Vattenfall said on Monday it increased its emission reduction goals for 2030 and brought forward its net zero target by 10 years to 2040, by phasing out coal and increasing wind and solar capacity. “The climate crisis is for real and not only do we have a responsibility to step up […]

September 20, 2021 Read More →

Sweden’s Volvo to begin producing first cars with fossil-free steel by yearend

The Driven: Swedish automotive giant Volvo Group plans to produce the world’s first vehicles to be made from fossil fuel-free steel, with the first vehicles expected later this year. The race to decarbonise more than just a vehicle’s operating emissions is on, with automakers around the world investigating and investing in fossil fuel-free materials production. […]

April 15, 2021 Read More →

First turbine installed at Kriegers Flak, Denmark’s largest offshore wind farm The first turbine at the Kriegers Flak offshore wind farm is in place and will deliver the first fossil-free electricity to the Danish grid shortly, Vattenfall said. Once completed, the 605 MW Kriegers Flak will comprise 72 8 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines and be the largest offshore wind farm in Denmark. The turbines come […]

January 28, 2021 Read More →

Vattenfall to turn closed Moorburg coal plant into a green hydrogen hub

Bloomberg: Vattenfall AB plans to turn the site of its recently shuttered Moorburg coal power plant in northern Germany into a hub for turning wind and solar power into hydrogen. The Swedish state-owned utility is riding the growing enthusiasm for hydrogen, with many countries seeing the clean fuel as key to a low-carbon economy. Governments […]

January 22, 2021 Read More →

IEEFA Update: Coking coal’s decline likely to follow the path of thermal coal’s progressive demise

Technology disruption the likely theme of global energy markets in 2021

There has been a growing tsunami of climate commitment announcements combined with fossil fuel exclusion policies by globally significant financial institutions during December 2020, building on the pledges two months earlier by the leaders of China, Japan and South Korea committing to net zero emissions targets. On top of that, three leading corporate announcements show […]

December 22, 2020 Read More →

First German coal closure auction oversubscribed as utilities look to exit uneconomic sector

S&P Global Market Intelligence ($): RWE AG was the major winner in Germany’s first tender for shutting down hard coal-fired power plants, taking two-thirds of the compensation handed out by the government, as strong competition elsewhere drove average prices down to well below the maximum available. RWE and Vattenfall AB both secured contracts for closing […]

December 1, 2020 Read More →

Vattenfall wants to close 1.6GW Moorburg coal plant in Germany

Clean Energy Wire: Swedish utility Vattenfall wants to shut down its youngest and most efficient coal-fired power plant in Germany because it is unprofitable. After participating in the first hard coal phase-out tender, CEO Magnus Hall said that if his company’s bid is successful, the 1.6 gigawatt Moorburg plant in the city of Hamburg would […]

September 8, 2020 Read More →

Green steel pilot project begins operating in Sweden

Reuters: Swedish green steel venture HYBRIT, owned by SSAB, state-owned utility Vattenfall and miner LKAB, on Monday started test operations at its pilot plant for fossil-free steel in Lulea, Sweden. A successful development of the HYBRIT project could have big implications for efforts to cut carbon dioxide emissions, with SSAB alone accounting for 10% of […]

August 31, 2020 Read More →

Sweden’s Vattenfall takes $1 billion charge to account for falling value of Moorburg coal plant in Germany

Bloomberg: Vattenfall AB took a massive hit on the value of a new German coal plant in yet another sign of how the fossil fuel is struggling in Europe. The Swedish utility wrote down the value of the Moorburg facility in Hamburg by 9.1 billion kronor ($1 billion), according to its first-half earnings statement on […]

July 21, 2020 Read More →