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Enstedsværket in Aabenraa, Denmark

Activists occupy coal harbor for 30 hours two years in a row: creating awareness about the fossil fuel industry both locally and globally.


Enstedværket in Aabenraa, Denmark is a power plant fired up with oil and coal. In 2013 Dong Energy decided to shut down the power plant and sell it to the municipality of Aabenraa [1][2]. Block 2 in the power plant has already been demolished, and Block 3 with its 134.000 square meters is expected to be finished in 2020 [3].

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Basic Data
Name of conflict:Enstedsværket in Aabenraa, Denmark
State or province:Region Syddanmark
Location of conflict:Aabenraa
Accuracy of locationLOW (Country level)
Source of Conflict
Type of conflict. 1st level:Fossil Fuels and Climate Justice/Energy
Type of conflict. 2nd level:Coal extraction and processing
Thermal power plants
Specific commodities:Coal
Project Details and Actors
Project details

Project area:29
Type of populationSemi-urban
Start of the conflict:26/06/2016
Company names or state enterprises:NUON from Netherlands
Dong Energy from Denmark - Owner of the plant until 2013
Environmental justice organizations (and other supporters) and their websites, if available:KlimaKollektivet (Climate Collective):
Conflict & Mobilization
IntensityLOW (some local organising)
Reaction stageMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups mobilizing:Local ejos
Forms of mobilization:Blockades
Creation of alternative reports/knowledge
Development of a network/collective action
Development of alternative proposals
Media based activism/alternative media
Occupation of buildings/public spaces
Environmental ImpactsVisible: Air pollution
Potential: Global warming
Health ImpactsVisible: Other Health impacts
Project StatusIn operation
Conflict outcome / response:Strengthening of participation
Awareness of the hypocrisy of the company Vattenfall in their lacking actions
Proposal and development of alternatives:The Climate Collective believes that climate change and the greater climate crisis are just symptoms of a larger problem: The climate crisis is just one of the injustices and inequalities brought about by capitalism. Hence, the Climate Collective sees the struggle against climate change as part of a larger struggle against capitalism.
They want system change, not climate chang: keep the coal in the hole (and every other fossil fuel).
Do you consider this an environmental justice success? Was environmental justice served?:Not Sure
Briefly explain:The coal harbor has not been shut down, however, the Climate Collective have managed to create a lot of attention on what is going on and put a lot of pressure on Vattenfall.
Sources & Materials

[1] Dong Energy's website
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[2] Danish media, Ingeniøren
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[3] Local newspaper, JydskeVestkysten
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[5] Climate Collective about coal and climate change
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[6] Local newspaper, JydskeVestkysten
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[7] Climate Collective about the blockade
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[8] Danish media, DR
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[9] Local newspaper, FlensborgAvis
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Related media links to videos, campaigns, social network

[10] How to block a coal harbor by the Climate Collective
[click to view]

[11] Vattenfalls true annual report by the Climate Collective
[click to view]

Meta information
Contributor:Daria Rivin, intern at the EJ Atlas: [email protected]
Last update18/08/2019
Conflict ID:3052
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