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 209 kB)

The origin of our hard coal 

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. Next to reporting on the country origin of the coal, Vattenfall publishes a list of its direct coal suppliers.

More information: The origin of our hard coal (PDF 286 kB)

Sourcing from Colombia

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 199 kB)

A human rights risk assessment in Colombia

In March 2017, Vattenfall conducted an on-site enhanced due-diligence to identify possible human rights risks through our coal procurement activities in Colombia. This is the report with our recommendations and plans for next steps:

A human rights risk assessment in Colombia (PDF 2 MB)

A Spanish version of the document: Evaluación de riesgos para los derechos humanos en Colombia (PDF 2 MB)

We publish bi-annual updates on how we are progressing with our work with Colombian mining companies:

Human Rights Risk Assessment in Colombia – update January 2019 (PDF 157 kB)

A Spanish version of the document: 
Las iniciativas de Vattenfall en cuanto a responsabilidad en la cadena de suministro de carbón (PDF 151 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:

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: 2019-01-29 11:09