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posted by Dave on 1st Apr 2015

European Commission data published today shows that RWE's Weisweiler lignite power station has replaced the UK's Drax power station as Europe's 5th largest CO2 emitter in 2014. This means for the first time since the EU ETS was set up in 2005, 4 out of 5 of the largest CO2 emitters are German lignite power stations (see table).

Three of the lignite power stations are owned by RWE (Neurath, Niederaussem and Weisweiler) and one is owned by Vattenfall (Jaenschwalde). Poland's PGE owns Europe's top CO2 emitter, Bełchatów. Drax fell out of the top 5 as it cut reported CO2 emissions by 18% in 2014 as it switched to burning biomass. German lignite power stations are also in 8th and 10th place, both advancing a place on last year.

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