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We're challenging Europe's most climate-damaging power plant

Posted On: 4 Mar 2021   |   Posted By: Client Earth

Last year, we launched a legal challenge against Europe's largest power plant - Belchatow - and two of its mines. This week we'll have the first round of hearings in the District Court in Poland. The decision could spell a dramatically different future for the coal plant and the health of our planet and its inhabitants.
Belchatow is a giant coal plant in Central Poland, burning 45 million tonnes of lignite, the dirtiest form of coal, every year - an entire tonne every second.
Over its lifetime, the plant has emitted approximately 1 billion tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere, making it the largest single greenhouse gas emitter in Europe. Its annual emissions, roughly equivalent to the sum total of New Zealand's, are rising year on year.
The plant is a major climate culprit but its owner, PGE GiEK, has not presented any official plan to reduce its climate impacts.
We're demanding that the plant operators stop burning lignite in the plant - or take measures to eliminate its CO2 emissions - by 2035 at the...

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