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List of least carbon efficient power stations

This is a list of least carbon efficient power stations in selected countries. Lists were created by the WWF and lists the most polluting power stations in terms of the level of carbon dioxide produced per unit of electricity generated. In 2005 WWF created list of power stations from 30 industrialised countries, also list for EU,[1] in 2007 WWF published updated EU list. In 2009 European Commission list with absolute emissions only, also in 2014 Climate Action Network Europe, WWF, European Environmental Bureau, Health and Environment Alliance and Climate Alliance Germany.


30 industrialised countries list from 2005 reportEdit

Europe list from 2007 reportEdit


CO2 intensity (kg/kWh) Power Station, Location Country Fuel Emissions (MtCO2)
1.350 Agios Dimitrios Power Station, Agios Dimitrios, Kozani   Greece Lignite 12.4
1.250 Kardia Power Station, Kardia Kozanis   Greece Lignite 8.8
1.200 Niederaussem Power Station, Niederaussem   Germany Lignite 27.4
1.200 Jänschwalde Power Station, Jänschwalde   Germany Lignite 23.7
1.187 Frimmersdorf Power Station, Grevenbroich   Germany Lignite 19.3
1.180 Weisweiler Power Station, Eschweiler   Germany Lignite 18.8
1.150 Neurath Power Station, Grevenbroich   Germany Lignite 17.9
1.150 Turów Power Station, Bogatynia   Poland Lignite 13.0
1.150 As Pontes Power Station, Ferrol   Spain Lignite 9.1
1.100 Boxberg Power Station, Boxberg, Saxony   Germany Lignite 15.5
1.090 Bełchatów Power Station, Bełchatów   Poland Lignite 30.1
1.070 Prunéřov Power Station, Prunéřov   Czech Republic Lignite 8.9
1.050 Sines Power Station, Sines   Portugal Hard Coal 8.7
1.000 Schwarze Pumpe power station, Spremberg   Germany Lignite 12.2
0.970 Longannet power station, Longannet   United Kingdom Hard Coal 10.1
0.950 Lippendorf Power Station, Lippendorf   Germany Lignite 12.4
0.940 Cottam power stations, Cottam   United Kingdom Hard Coal 10.0
0.930 Rybnik Power Station, Rybnik   Poland Hard Coal 8.6
0.915 Kozienice Power Station, Kozienice   Poland Hard Coal 10.8
0.900 Scholven Power Station, Scholven   Germany Hard Coal 10.7
0.900 West Burton power stations, Gainsborough   United Kingdom Hard Coal 8.9
0.900 Fiddlers Ferry power station, Fiddlers Ferry   United Kingdom Hard Coal & Oil 8.4
0.895 Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, Ratcliffe-on-Soar   United Kingdom Hard Coal 7.8
0.892 Kingsnorth power station, Kingsnorth   United Kingdom Hard Coal & Oil 8.9
0.890 Brindisi Sud power station, Brindisi   Italy Coal 14.4
0.850 Drax Power Station, Long Drax   United Kingdom Hard Coal 22.8
0.840 Ferrybridge power stations, Ferrybridge   United Kingdom Hard Coal 8.9
0.840 GKW Mannheim power station, Mannheim   Germany Hard Coal 7.7
0.840 Eggborough power station, Eggborough   United Kingdom Hard Coal 7.6
0.624 Didcot A+B power station, Didcot   United Kingdom Hard Coal & Gas 9.5

2015 report - companiesEdit

In 2015 the Stranded Assets Programme at the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment published Stranded Assets and Subcritical Coal report analyzing inter alia carbon intensity of subcritical coal-fired power stations of 100 largest companies having these power stations.[4]

CO2 intensity
Company Country Number of SCPS
1.447 NLC India Limited   India 2
1.342 Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company Limited   India 3
1.279 GDF Suez   India 10
1.277 Kazakhmys   Kazakhstan 4
1.269 West Bengal Power Development Corporation   India 5
1.253 OGK-2   Russia 4
1.243 Maharashtra State Power Generation Company   India 7
1.240 Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand   Thailand 4
1.226 Termoelectrica   Romania 17

EC list from 2009[5]Edit

2014 listEdit


  1. ^ Dirty Thirty – Europe’s worst climate polluting power stations
  2. ^ WWF Australia: Hazelwood tops international list of dirty power stations, Dated: 13 Jul 2005
  3. ^ Dirty Thirty, May 2007
  4. ^ Stranded Assets and Subcritical Coal: The Risk to Companies and Investors (PDF). ISBN 978-0-9927618-1-3. Retrieved 9 Feb 2017.
  5. ^ EU's "dirty 30" carbon dioxide emitters in '09
  6. ^ "Report: Europe's Dirty 30 - How the EU's coal-fired power plants are undermining its climate efforts" (PDF) (Press release). WWF. 22 July 2014. Retrieved 8 February 2016.