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The end of an era: hard coal in Germany Culture| Arts

200 years of coal mining have certainly left their mark on Europe. As Germany prepares for the closure of its last two hard coal mines, an exhibition in Essen takes a look back at the "Age of Coal."

Hard Coal Mining, Germany Mining Frontier

Dec 29, 2014 Hard coal mining in Germany, centred on the Ruhr, Saar and Ibbenbüren coalfields, was amalgamated into Deutsche Steinkohle AG (DSK) at the beginning of 1999. DSK is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RAG group. RAG group activities are divided into two parts: black RAG, which is related to the German coal mining industry, and

Germany's 2019 hard coal imports seen rising after mining

Germany’s last two hard-coal mines, in the west of the country, closed at the end of December under a deal to stop unprofitable mining in favor of imports. The pair had contributed an annual 2.6

The era of hard coal mining ended in Germany in 2018

But exactly what it meant was "only" the end of hard coal mining in North Rhine-Westphalia. In other federal states, such as the Saarland or Saxony, hard coal mining has been discontinued some time ago for economic and political reasons. However, mining continues to exist also in North Rhine-Westphalia.

What Germany Can Teach the US About Quitting Coal Inside

Oct 15, 2020 It was a media event, with the ceremonial extraction of the last piece of hard coal from an underground mine in Germany. The end of subsidies for mining hard coal meant the mines

ENERGY TRANSITION: Germany's largest hard coal mine: 'This

West German coal mining also helped stabilize the grid as East German nuclear power plants shut down after reunification. More than 600,000 people worked in the German hard coal industry in the 1960s.

Germany bids farewell to domestic hard coal mining Clean

Dec 20, 2018 The end of hard coal mining in Germany doesn’t end the use of coal as a fuel for power plants. Germany still has a capacity of 21 GW of hard coal-powered stations on the grid which are fuelled with imported coal from Russia, the United States, Australia, Columbia, Poland and South Africa. Hard coal power generation contributed 13 percent to

Coal in Germany Clean Energy Wire

Oct 29, 2014 Power generation from coal has long served German industry, and despite Germany’s reputation as an ecological role model, the cheap, carbon-intensive fossil fuel is still an important pillar of the country’s power supply. Hard coal and lignite have a share of 35.3 percent in German power production (compared to 35.2% from renewables, 11.7% from nuclear and 12.8% from natural gas in

Deutsche Steinkohle (DSK) Coal Mine Mining Technology

DSK transports some 60Mt/y of coal and coke, using its own 450km-long rail system and dedicated river ports, transhipment points and intermediate storage facilities. Production and costs. Germany’s hard coal mines produced 41.3Mt in 1998, 39.2Mt in 1999,

Growing up in Germany′s Ruhr Valley coal mining district

Germany Growing up in Germany's Ruhr Valley coal mining district. After more than 150 years, Germany's last hard coal mine will shut down. Coal mining has put its

The era of hard coal mining ended in Germany in 2018

But exactly what it meant was "only" the end of hard coal mining in North Rhine-Westphalia. In other federal states, such as the Saarland or Saxony, hard coal mining has been discontinued some time ago for economic and political reasons. However, mining continues to exist also in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Germany is shutting down its coal industry for good, so

By the 1970s, Germany's remaining black coal deposits were buried so deep the mines were unprofitable and surviving on government subsidies. It was cheaper for Germany to import coal from

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44

Jan 16, 2020 Germany shuttered its last hard-coal mine in December, but has continued to burn lignite.In the third quarter of 2019, about 42 percent of the

“Glückauf!” 200 years of hard-coal mining in Germany

With the closure of the last German hard-coal mine Prosper-Haniel, on December 21st 2018, a 200-years lasting part of German industrial history came to an end. For many decades, hard-coal mining with its high extraction volumes from deep mines, posed special challenges to hoisting technology, particularly to vertical hoisting.

Lessons from Germany’s hard coal mining phase-out

German hard coal production ended in 2018, following the termination of subsidies. This paper looks at 60 years of continuous decline of an industry that employed more than 600,000 people, through a case study comparing Germany’s two largest hard coal mining areas (Ruhr area and Saarland).

This German coal mine is closing. What now?

Dec 11, 2017 Germany's hard coal mines fed the steel mills and power plants that rebuilt the country after World War II. But the industry peaked in the 1950s,

Life Beyond Coal Just Transition

Today, just two hard-coal mines remain, and in 2018 they’ll both be shut down. Germany still extracts soft brown coal called lignite at hundreds of opencast mines across the country, but with the German federal election coming up in September, the new government will likely turn its attention to this type of coal and will set a deadline for

Germany’s effort to phase out and rationalise its fossil

Its hard-coal mining industry — the remaining open mines are all located in the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia — has been uncompetitive for decades, due to its high extraction costs, and has had to rely on government assistance. Germany will soon have to import all of its hard coal as its domestic production will cease by the end of 2018.

BMWi Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Coal

On 31 December 2018, the extraction of hard coal will cease in Germany when the last two mines, Prosper-Haniel and Ibbenbüren, are closed. In view of this development, imports now cover more than 90% of the supply of hard coal and hard coal products on the German market (50.3 million tonnes in 2017 according to the Coal Importers Association).

Germany agrees plan to phase out coal power by 2038 BBC News

Jan 16, 2020 Update 16th June 2020: An earlier version of this article included a video in which the BBC's David Shukman looked at the massive scale of Germany's coal-mining operation.

Germany closes last coal mine despite decades of supplies

Nov 30, 2018 500 billion euros invested in a shift to renewable power — hard coal and its softer cousin lignite still generate more than one-third of Germany’s electricity needs. Closing all of the country

Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change

Nov 13, 2017 Germany is Europe’s largest producer and burner of coal, which accounted for 40.3 percent of net power production in 2017: 15.5 percent from hard coal

How Hard Is It to Quit Coal? For Germany, 18 Years and $44

Jan 16, 2020 Germany shuttered its last hard-coal mine in December, but has continued to burn lignite.In the third quarter of 2019, about 42 percent of the country’s energy came from renewables, 28 percent

Lessons from Germany’s hard coal mining phase-out

German hard coal production ended in 2018, following the termination of subsidies. This paper looks at 60 years of continuous decline of an industry that employed more than 600,000 people, through a case study comparing Germany’s two largest hard coal mining areas (Ruhr area and Saarland).

“Glückauf!” 200 years of hard-coal mining in Germany

With the closure of the last German hard-coal mine Prosper-Haniel, on December 21st 2018, a 200-years lasting part of German industrial history came to an end. For many decades, hard-coal mining with its high extraction volumes from deep mines, posed special challenges to hoisting technology, particularly to vertical hoisting.

Germany closes last coal mine despite decades of supplies

Nov 30, 2018 500 billion euros invested in a shift to renewable power — hard coal and its softer cousin lignite still generate more than one-third of Germany’s electricity needs. Closing all of the country

Forecast: hard coal mining revenue Germany 2008-2018

This statistic shows the revenue of hard coal mining in Germany from 2008 to 2013, with a projection until 2018. Try our corporate solution for free! (212) 419-8286

Germany and Slovakia head list of new members at UN

Sep 22, 2019 Significant capacity of hard coal and lignite plants will be shut by 2022. In Germany, 27,000 people work in the coal sector, 12,000 of them in power plants and 15,000 in lignite mines. Hard coal mining in Germany has already come to an end with

Life Beyond Coal Just Transition

Today, just two hard-coal mines remain, and in 2018 they’ll both be shut down. Germany still extracts soft brown coal called lignite at hundreds of opencast mines across the country, but with the German federal election coming up in September, the new government will likely turn its attention to this type of coal and will set a deadline for

Germany's Transition from Coal to Renewables Offers

Sep 05, 2017 Germany continues to import hard coal from other countries for a substantial portion of its energy production—another habit it’s trying to kick, in line with its 2050 renewable energy target.

Germany Is a Coal-Burning, Gas-Guzzling Climate Change

Nov 13, 2017 Germany is Europe’s largest producer and burner of coal, which accounted for 40.3 percent of net power production in 2017: 15.5 percent from hard coal

End of an Industrial Era: Germany to Close its Coal Mines

Germany will shut down its eight remaining black coal mines by 2018 under a plan which seals the fate of the sector that powered the country's industrial revolution and post-war economic miracle.

RAG-Stiftung: Foundation

Germany's last two hard coal mines were closed down at the end of 2018. This scheduled termination of an entire industry was a predetermined process that was initiated with the coal policy agreement of 7 February 2007 between the German federal government, the states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Saarland, RAG and the IG BCE trade union and is being funded in line with the Coal Financing Act

Germany rings in 2021 with CO2 tax, coal phase-out France 24

Dec 31, 2020 Germany is aiming for a green start to 2021 by shutting down a coal-fired power plant and slapping a CO2 price on transport, but critics say the efforts aren't enough to

How Germany closed its coal industry without sacking a

Activists climb into the Garzweiler lignite mine in Germany on June 22 as part of a protest against coal mining. Credit: DPA While Australia continues to open new coal mines, Germany is in the

Methane in German Hard Coal Mining AusIMM

Worldwide, hard coal mining is being carried out at ever increasing depth, and has, therefore, to cope with correspondingly increasing methane emissions. About seven per cent of global methane emissions are caused by coal mining. Beside carbon dioxide, chloro-fluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrogen oxides, methane is one of the most significant `greenhouse’ gases.