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Climate protests: activists block the coal power plant Mannheim


Up to 100 activists from the Bündnis Ende Gelände have reached the site of the large power plant in Mannheim. They want to stop the operation during the day.

Protesters from the Action Alliance End of Terrain have come to the site of the coal power plant in Mannheim. Some are on a coal conveyor belt. They want to protest against the CO2 emissions of the plant, as a spokesman for the Alliance of the German Press Agency said. It is the coal-fired power plant with the highest carbon dioxide emissions in Germany. The power plant is responsible for about eight percent of CO2 emissions in Baden-Württemberg, it said in a release of the end of the site. 6.7 million tons of greenhouse gas were emitted last year. According to the figures of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the total emissions of CO2 in Germany in 2017 amounted to 905 million tons.

"Protesters are blocking the main access gate and some of them are staying on the site of the power plant," a police spokesman said. Some activists were in front of the entrance with banners and signs. A threat to the protesters can not be ruled out, which is why numerous forces of police, fire and rescue services are on site. Further measures, such as an evacuation, have not yet been decided. Overall, the location was quiet. During the day, a spokesman for the power plant wanted to comment on the events.

6.7 million tons of CO2 were emitted by the #Mannheim large power plant last year. Including mercury, nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter, hydrochloric acid and arsenic. We demand the shutdown of the dirt spinner! #deCOALonize # by2020weriseup #GKMasking @ End__Gelaende

- End of Terrain Southwest (@Kokolores_SW) August 3, 2019

According to the end of the site 100 climate activists took part in the protest, while the police spoke of 50. 40 of them block the access gate. A spokesman for the action group said more supporters are heading towards the power plant. With the blockade in front of the gate and the actions on the area one wanted to interrupt the coal supply for block 9 of the power station. Until 19 o'clock the power plant should still have fuel, then it would have to go from the net, said the Alliance spokesman. Block 9 opened in 2015, cost 1.2 billion euros and is the most powerful block of the plant.

Reason for the action is the "inactivity" of the Federal Government coal mining. "If the German government does not initiate an immediate coalition exit, we will lose our chance to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees," the Alliance said. In the past, environmentalists had repeatedly criticized the power plant and described it as a "climate killer". In a similar action at the end of June, activists from the end of the site had interrupted the railway line to the coal power plant Neurath in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Source: zeit

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