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Vattenfall not Moving Fast Enough Towards Clean Energy

Published onsdag 10 juni 2009 kl 13.19
The heads of Vattenfall and Nuon celebrate their companies' merger

Just one Swedish power company is producing more carbon dioxide than the whole of Sweden's economy.

The state-owned Vattenfall runs five coal-fired power stations in Germany and has also bought Dutch Nuon, which is also involved in burning coal.

This brings Vattenfall's Europe-wide emissions to over 100 million tons of carbon dioxide, compared with just 65 million tons for Sweden itself.

And Swedish ministers now say that Vattenfall is not trying hard enough to move beyond coal. Trade and Industry Minister Maud Olofsson says that Vattenfall can expect tighter directions in the government's new guidelines, which will take account of the company's activities outside Sweden.

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