Saturday, August 01, 2009

Belchatów coal plant in Poland is Europe's dirtiest

Poland is once again making headlines, but perhaps there's little to be proud of – Europe's dirtiest energy plant is located on Polish soil.

The Belchatów coal plant belched 30.9 million tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere in 2008. The plant is run by state-owned utility BOT Elektrownia.

Poland is not the only offender, however. Germany has 11 of Europe's 30 most polluting facilities.

In 2008, Europe's 30 dirtiest plants produced a collective 387.8 million tonnes of CO2 in 2008, down 1.9 percent from 2007.

The information was published in the annual “Dirty Thirty” list produced by World Wildlife Fund International since 2005.