PR and Open Letter: German NGOs demand Swedish Parliament to stop the sale of Vattenfall’s lignite assets in Germany

Screenshot Open letter Swedish ParliamentBerlin, 23rd of May 2016

Twelve environmental and developmental organisations based in Germany are calling for a stop of the sale of Vattenfall’s lignite assets in Germany. One day before a parliamentary debate on the issue, the NGOs address their critique to Members of the Swedish Parliament by means of an Open Letter. Instead of selling off its lignite assets to EPH, Vattenfall has to take responsibility for climate, environment and the local communities in Lusatia, the organisations are demanding.

“As Vattenfall’s German lignite plants emit more CO2 than all of Sweden, adopting a phase-out plan for is arguably the most important contribution that the Swedish government could make to fight climate change”, they say. Furthermore they write: “Vattenfall has declared itself a ‘partner of the region’ over the past years”. Now, it “should not sell off its lignite assets to EPH, but adopt a long-term plan to close its lignite business in an environmentally and socially responsible way, thereby providing planning security to everyone affected”.

Refering to the activities of Vattenfall’s desired successor EPH in East Germany, the signees of the letter challenge the sustainability of EPH’s business model. “As representatives of German environmental and development organizations”, they say, “we are highly concerned by the possibility of a sale to such dubious investors and therefore ask you to stop the sale”. “Vattenfall could lead the way by initiating the coal phase-out in a socially and environmentally responsible way in Lusatia”, they say.

The letter is signed by Klima-Allianz Deutschland – an alliance of more than 100 organisations –, the organisations BürgerBegehren Klimaschutz, BUND/ Friends of the Earth Germany, Campact, Grüne Liga, Germanwatch, PowerShift, ROBIN WOOD, WWF and 350.org. Also amongst the signees is a local citizen’s action committee from Lusatia, the ‘Allianz für Welzow’.

Link to the Open Letter:
https://power-shift.de/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Swedish-Parliament_A-sale-is-not-a-phase-out_May-2016.pdf

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STOCKHOLM Tuesday May 24: Demonstrators will be gathering at 11:30 outside the Parliament building to protest against the sale and remind politicians of the Paris Agreement they would violate if passing on more than 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 to venture capitalists stained with environmental inconsideration and tax evation. At 13:00 members of parliament begin to debate the potential sale, which demonstrators will get in to listen to. Press contact: Fanny Sannerud, 350.org, +46 707 321 676, fanny@350.org

BERLIN Tuesday May 24: Demonstrators will also be gathering at 11:30 outside the Swedish embassy on Rauchstraße 1, to show their support of the Swedish protests and to express their own dissatisfaction with the potential sale. A red line will be formed.
Press contact: Insa Vries, Ende Gelände: +49 152 0456 0800, (Dorothee Häussermann: +49 152 1429 6473)

Contact at PowerShift:

Laura Weis, Climate
E-mail: Laura.Weis(at)power-shift.de
Tel.: +49 – (0)30 – 4208 5295

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