North Rhine-Westphalia’s industry in transition

Great achievements, great challenges ahead
5 December 2016

The state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) is vital to the success of Germany’s energy transition, as it is the traditional center of Germany’s manufacturing and energy-intensive industries, such as metal production, basic chemicals, non-ferrous metals and paper.

NRW’s long history and high concentration of energy-intensive industry operations is mainly due to the proximity of black coal and lignite deposits in the Ruhr area or the Rhine mining region. Large coal-fired power generating units located adjacent to the coal mines ensure relatively cheap and stable electricity supply to industrial plants and have contributed to a strong infrastructure for industry and manufacturing.

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