Procurement - hard coal

In the transition to more sustainable consumption, sustainable production and sustainable financial performance, Vattenfall has defined a number of sustainability focus areas in which the company is to strive for continuous improvement. The transformation of our portfolio is one of them.

Following the divestments of Polish and Danish hard coal assets in previous years, Vattenfall currently operates seven hard-coal fired power plants in Germany and the Netherlands. For usage in our own power plants and for trading purposes, Vattenfall procures hard coal on the global market. 

We constantly strive to improve corporate responsibility in the hard coal supply chain. Vattenfall has implemented a risk screening process for our coal suppliers to make a sound and fact-based decision on whether to buy coal from a supplier or not.

More information: The Due diligence process (PDF 79 kB)

Vattenfall purchases its hard coal directly from hard coal mining companies, from intermediary suppliers (i.e. companies that are not mine owners) and through trade on the spot market. Due to the nature of the global hard coal market and for commercial reasons we only report on the country origin of the coal.

More information: The Global hard coal market (PDF 76 kB)

There has been increased public attention on mining companies active in Colombia, namely Drummond and Prodeco. NGOs are calling upon European utilities to disengage from these mining companies. Please find our position on this matter and the existing requirements we have in place for our Colombian suppliers in the following document.

More information: Sourcing from Colombia (PDF 71 kB)

We are also a founding member of Bettercoal. As a common platform for energy utilities, trade unions, NGOs and mining companies, Bettercoal aims at creating and implementing a globally accepted standard for sourcing coal and strives to drive forward continuous improvement in the coal supply chain, with a focus on mine site level.

More information: Bettercoal (PDF 75 kB)

We take criticism concerning issues of the mining business seriously and aim to contribute to continuous improvements in hard coal producing countries in dialogue with all relevant stakeholders. Please, don't hesitate to contact us: press@vattenfall.com

Vattenfall response to letter from PAX and urgewald of 1st March 2016 (PDF 6

Vattenfall statement on hard coal sourcing from Colombia of 13 May 2016 (PDF 42 kB)

Colombian mining companies meet Vattenfall’s minimal criteria

Vattenfall has intensified its efforts to improve the situation in Colombia

Last updated: 2016-10-14 13:08