"A new study revealed that six of the 10 dirtiest power plants are located in Germany, a country that claims it is at the forefront of the battle against climate change." writes United Press International (via Observing Hermann):
According to a survey called the "Dirty Thirty" by the World Wildlife Fund, Greece's Agios Dimitrios and Kardia plants (owned by DEH) are the continent's dirtiest power stations, followed by Niederaussem in Germany, which is owned by RWE. In 2006 the Dirty Thirty were responsible for 393 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, or roughly 10 percent of all EU CO2 emissions. "The facts are clear: The power sector needs to phase out dirty coal as soon as possible," Stephan Singer, head of WWF's climate program, said in a statement. More than half of the Dirty Thirty are run by just four power-generation companies: Germany's RWE, Swedish firm Vattenfall, French group EDF and Germany's EON.