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News In Brief Issue 04_2020

RAG-Stiftung ends first year of funding obligations successfully – and remains on course despite the coronavirus crisis

The Board of Executives of the RAG-Stiftung presented the figures for the 2019 business year on 4th June 2020 in Essen/Germany. Summary: The foundation model worked to its full extent and as expected in the first year in which financing for the perpetual obligations was to come from the German coal mining industry. The foundation remained on course even throughout ...

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RVR to gradually take over 20 spoil tips from RAG Aktien­gesellschaft

RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, is putting its spoil tips in new hands: The Ruhr Regional Association (Regionalverband Ruhr, RVR) is taking over 20 redeveloped mining sites with a total surface area of 1,149 ha (Figure 1). These are primarily intended to be developed into natural sites and activity areas. “The mountains of the Ruhr metropolitan area are more than viewpoints. As ...

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PCB pilot facility shows: Stable operation at both RAG Aktiengesellschaft sites but new analytical process needs further development

RAG Aktiengesellschaft, Essen/Germany, tested methods for further reducing PCB in pit water at pilot facility level in Bergkamen and Ibbenbüren. The initial results from this series of tests are now available. The investigation into the PCB content takes place at the margin of detectability in the trace substance range. The analytical process being used here for the first time needs ...

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STEAG: Strategic repositioning progressing well

STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, is looking back on a satisfactory business year 2019. In a difficult market environment, the energy company has successfully maintained its position, achieved its earnings targets and increased its profitability. This creates a sound basis for mastering the major challenges of the current year. The German Parliament is expected to pass the Act on the Reduction and ...

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STEAG publishes sustainability report

STEAG GmbH, Essen/Germany, has now published its first sustainability report. There, the energy company documents the wide variety of ways in which it is taking on social responsibility. “We are fully aware that only sustainable, responsible action can secure the success of a business in the long term,” says Joachim Rumstadt, Chairman of the STEAG Board of Management. The issue ...

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Energy consumption only slightly affected by the coronavirus pandemic

In the first three months of this year, energy consumption in Germany was almost 7 % below the comparable value from the previous year (Figure 1). According to preliminary calculations from the Working Group on Energy Balances (AG Energiebilanzen), consumption in the first quarter fell by 6.8 % to 3,457 PJ or 117.9 Mtce. The lower energy consumption due to the economic situation, especially ...

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The Ore Mountains were the Silicon Valley

During the naming of the Erzgebirge/Krušnohoří mountain region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site one year ago, it was said that “the Ore Mountains were the Silicon Valley of Saxony” (Figure 1). Not only was the work of the miners underground incredible, there were remarkable developments surrounding science, technology, infrastructure, supplier trade and associated industry within a short period of ...

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Westfalen in alten Reiseberichte – Review

Geographer and Germanist Peter Wittkampf, member of the Geographical Commission for Westphalia, has published a book that, as well as describing local history, takes readers on a journey of the special characteristics of the area, from the pre-industrialisation of Westphalia through to mining. In 1645, Fabio Chigi gave the papal nuncio an overview of the pre-industrial Münster region during the ...

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