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
NameEnstedsværket in Aabenraa, Denmark
ProvinceRegion Syddanmark
Accuracy of LocationLOW country/state 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 CommoditiesCoal
Project Details and Actors
Project Area (in hectares)29
Type of PopulationSemi-urban
Start Date26/06/2016
Company Names or State EnterprisesNUON from Netherlands
Dong Energy from Denmark - Owner of the plant until 2013
Environmental justice organisations and other supportersKlimaKollektivet (Climate Collective): https://klimakollektivet.wordpress.com
The Conflict and the Mobilization
Intensity of Conflict (at highest level)LOW (some local organising)
When did the mobilization beginMobilization for reparations once impacts have been felt
Groups MobilizingLocal ejos
Forms of MobilizationBlockades
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
Pathways for conflict outcome / responseStrengthening of participation
Awareness of the hypocrisy of the company Vattenfall in their lacking actions
Development of AlternativesThe 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 as a success?Not Sure
Why? Explain briefly.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 and Materials

[1] Dong Energy's website
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[5] Climate Collective about coal and climate change
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[7] Climate Collective about the blockade
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[8] Danish media, DR
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[2] Danish media, Ingeniøren
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[9] Local newspaper, FlensborgAvis
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[3] Local newspaper, JydskeVestkysten
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[6] Local newspaper, JydskeVestkysten
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Media Links

[10] How to block a coal harbor by the Climate Collective
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[11] Vattenfalls true annual report by the Climate Collective
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Other Documents

System change not climate change Activists from the Climate Collective putting up banners on the coal harbor at Enstedværket: system change and nul kul (no coal). Foto by Lars Salomonsen
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Activists occupying the conveyor belts. Photo: Climate Collective
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Occupation of the coal harbor Photo by the Climate Collective
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The coal harbor. The coal harbor. Photo by the Climate Collective
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'Shut down that coal harbor', 'Vattenfall sells blood coal from Colombia'. Photo: Climate Collective
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Meta Information
ContributorDaria Rivin, intern at the EJ Atlas: [email protected]
Last update09/10/2017