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May 17, 2021

Romania tops EU countries list with highly polluting coal thermal power stations

In the top 20 EU countries with high pollution thermal power stations, Romania has the largest number of such units that uses coal, a study conducted by Bankwatch together with Health and Environmental Alliance (HEAL), shows. HEAL, an association with headquarters in Brusselsand, is made up of 65 international health professionals’ organizations. Thus, the Turceni thermal power station in Gorj County, which operates on lignite as raw material, is the second most polluting thermal power station in Europe, after Maritsaiztok 2 in Bulgaria. Another Romanian thermal power station mentioned on the list is Rovinari, ranked sixth. Romag Termo, located in Drobeta Turnu-Severin, is the tenth most polluting thermal power station in the EU, while Isalnita, part of Oltenia Energy Complex, is ranked 12th. The Mintia-Deva power station is ranked 19th. In conducting the study, data provided by the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register was used. Around 40 percent of Romania’s necessary quantity of electricity comes from coal and the percentage is even higher during droughts. Compared to Romania, Poland (coal accounts for 90 per cent of energy mix) features on the top 20 list with only four thermal power stations, whereas Bulgaria and Germany feature with three thermal power stations. Great Britain has two such units, while the Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Greece have one each.

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