My role:

Main author and editor.



Key partners:

The Heinrich Böll Foundation

The five coauthors: Aleksandra Arcipowska, Camilla Bausch, Paul Hockenos, Sascha Müller-Kraenner and Jan Ondrich.


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Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe
Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues

This report originated from a trilateral dialogue process among energy policy experts from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, in collaboration with Ecologic Institute. The group included circa twenty experts from academy, civil society and energy stakeholder groups.

The report makes available to a broader public the main insights. It describes the energy policy debate in the three countries, and it includes among others an  introduction to the complex debate on around the loop flows at the borders of these countries, and  a section with facts about the German Energiewende, which provides information refuting some of the most common misperceptions prevalent in the Czech Republic and in Poland.

Did you know that

- With just 26% of the entire EU population, these three countries produce 79% of the hard coal, 68% of the lignite (brown coal), and 55% of the electricity generated from coal in the EU? See page 16

- The CO2 emissions per head are much higher in Germany than in Poland? See page 14

- In 2012 Poland became a net hard coal importer? See page 22

- According to a survey, 89% of the Polish people want more renewable energies? See page 29

- The EU imports 98% if its uranium consumption. This is a higher share than natural gas. The only active uranium mines are in the Czech Republic. See page 20

- Following the closure of seven nuclear power plants in Germany in the aftermath of the accident in Fukushima, the CEO of the Czech energy giant ÇEZ and the Czech Prime Minister predicted a strong increase of electricity prices in Germany, and of its imports. The opposite occurred. See page 28


The report was published in February 2014.