Pressure on Damberg over brown coal

Pressure on Enterprise Minister Mikael Damberg is building over Vattenfall’s plans to sell off its German lignite operations. On Friday he received a petition with 65,000 signatures from environmental organisation, Greenpeace, demanding the state energy giant Vattenfall does not sell off its German lignite operations, but leaves the coal in the ground.

Damberg said, “The government only gets involved when there is a proposal. Germany decides German energy policy and the country wants to keep coal in its energy mix for a transitional period.”

The government is also under pressure from the Liberal Party, which wants to see a sale go through, but wants to have climate and environmental conditions attached.

Damberg did not wish to answer what action he will take if Vattenfall presents a sale proposition with no environmental conditions attached.