Germany Mining Report 2015
BMI View: Germany's coal sector is one of the largest in Europe and is the main driver of mining activity in the country. Coal output continues to grow courtesy of strong demand for lignite used in the majority of the nation's power plants, however, the industry finds itself increasingly under threat from the rapid development of renewable energy production as well as growing opposition to fossil fuel-based energy production across the EU. These factors are likely to see the relative value of German mining gradually decline over the long-term.
Germany's mining sector is heavily focused around coal mining, with the country currently the largest producer of lignite, or brown coal, in the EU and boasting the eight highest annual output in global terms. Located primarily in the Rhineland region in Western Germany, the lignite mining industry remains a major employer. The industry's lobbying efforts and its obvious important to local employment have so far helped coal miners to withstand pressure from regional government and environmental groups to scale down their activities. Indeed, our forecasts point to continued, albeit moderate growth in German coal production over the next few years through to 2019. We project annual growth in output to average 0.4% year-on-year over 2015-2019.
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