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Environmental lawyers warn of contract to phase out lignite

The environmental lawyer Hartmut Gaßner has warned of a contract between the state and the energy companies for the closure of lignite-fired power plants.

Such a contract could become a legal burden for later governments, according to a report by the environmental lawyer on behalf of the environmental organization ClientEarth, about which “Spiegel” reports. Because of the "uncertainties regarding the constitutional and contractual limits of such a contract, it is questionable whether the lignite phase-out contract actually reduces the risk of legal disputes," Gassner writes.


Future governments will be deprived of the opportunity to prefer closings for climate protection reasons. The lawyers therefore propose to regulate the exit via the ordinance route.