The German utility company Uniper and its soon-to-be parent company Fortum (Finland) have announced and endorsed very dangerous plans and projects, which would severely hamper the efforts for an energy transition away from coal and gas towards renewables. This is why urgewald and CAN Europe are hosting a series of webinars. Experts from various non-governmental organizations will discuss topics like the Energy Charter Treaty, the new coal power plant Datteln IV, the gas infrastructure expansion and the coal supply chain. All interested climate, youth and trade activists, scientists and NGOs are welcome to join.
All webinars will be recorded and made available through this website. You will find the recordings at the bottom of the page.
Wednesday, March 4, 4pm CET (5pm Finnish time)
Burning coal is not only a disaster for the climate, it is also a very dirty business. Mining operations have led to environmental destruction and gross human rights violations in coal regions all over the world. Where exactly do Fortum and Uniper source coal for their plants? Ecodefense, urgewald and other NGOs have frequently informed the European utilities about the terrible situation in the coal-mining regions in Russia, South Africa, Colombia and the USA. Even though the allegations covered collaboration with paramilitary units, involvement in violence against trade union leaders, money laundering or tax evasion, both companies have never publicly excluded a company from their list of suppliers.
This webinar will provide insight into the current situation in Kuzbass, Russia, and the coal-mining regions Cesar and La Guajira in Colombia. We will also discuss Uniper's compensation claims for its coal plants and how their economic viability being based on cheap and dirty coal renders those claims unfounded.
- Vladimir Slivyak, energy campaigner, Ecodefense (Russia)
- Sebastian Rötters, coal and energy campaigner, urgewald (Germany)