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Cloud Index is a growing online archive that collects and presents cloud imagery of fossil fuel combustion sites. Since September 2020, I have been photographing the skies above power plants, industrial facilities and other greenhouse gas emitters.

Even beyond the end of fossil fuel use, their consequences will continue to shape humanity and its environment for the unforeseeable future: While the clouds in the sky will have long since faded, the impact of emissions and the resulting damage will be far greater than we can imagine today.

I see this project as a documentary observation in a time when all knowledge about climate change and its consequences has long been available, yet too little radical change is happening. This visual contribution makes the supposedly invisible destruction visible, puts it in the context of facts and offers a new way of looking at clouds that sees ourselves as part of a global problem.

In a Europe-wide comparison of greenhouse gas emissions, Germany occupies a central place among the ten strongest emitters with seven power plants. With about 805 million tons of emitted greenhouse gases in 2019, Germany ranks first in Europe.



Numbers, may 2022:

Images online: 413
Locations visited: 34
Total distance traveled: approx. 4.980 km
CO2 emissions of the project (compensated): approx. 763.2 kg

Sources:

Datenbank „PRTR Deutschland/Freisetzungen“ Stand 19.5.2020

Datenbank „Kraftwerke in Deutschland“, Stand 16.4.2021

eea.europa.eu/data-and-maps/data/data-viewers/greenhouse-gases-viewer (21.9.2021)

transportenvironment.org/discover/european-shippings-climate-record (21.9.2021)

Jonas Fischer works as a photographer and artist. In personal and collaborative projects he connects a documentary approach with activist, speculative and scientific methods.

www.jonas-fischer.com
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Liebermann Kiepe Reddemann




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21107
Hamburg
ADM Hamburg Aktiengesellschaft
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22113
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Bremen
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Chemiepark Krefeld-Uerdingen
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Krefeld
CURRENTA GmbH & Co. OHG
chemical industry
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1160000
Chemiepark Marl
45772
Marl
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chemical industry
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286000
Chemiepark Solvay
47495
Rheinberg
Solvay Chemicals GmbH
chemical industry
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102000
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Hard coal
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30419
Hannover
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Hard coal
1590978
Heizkraftwerk Tiefstack
22113
Hamburg
WΓ€rme Hamburg GmbH
Production of electricity, remote heat
Hard coal, gas
1300000
HKM Duisburg
47259
Duisburg
RWE Power AG / HKM GmbH
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Furnace gas
3970000
HΓΌrth power plant
50351
HΓΌrth
Statkraft Markets GmbH
Production of electricity
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198000
JΓ€nschwalde power plant
03185
Teichland
LEAG AG
Production of electricity
Lignite
24000000
Knapsack waste power plant
50354
HΓΌrth
E.ON Energy from Waste GmbH
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119000
Lippendorf power plant
04575
Neukieritzsch
LEAG AG
Production of electricity
Lignite
11700000
Neurath power plant
41516
Grevenbroich
RWE Power AG
Production of electricity
Lignite
31300000
Niederaussem power plant
50129
Bergheim
RWE Power AG
Production of electricity
Lignite
24800000
Opole Power Plant
PL-45-920
Opole
Polska Grupa Energetyczna
Production of electricity
Coal
10700000
Pfeifer & Langen JΓΌlich
52409
JΓΌlich
Pfeifer & Langen GmbH & Co. KG
Food Industry
Lignite
288000
Reuter West
13599
Berlin
Vattenfall Europe WΓ€rme HKW Reuter-West
Production of electricity
Hard coal
3230000
Scholven power plant
45896
Gelsenkirchen
Uniper
Production of electricity
Hard coal
12600000
Schwarze Pumpe
03120
Spremberg
LEAG AG
Production of electricity
Lignite
12500000
Shell Rheinland Refinery Werk Nord
50997
KΓΆln
Shell Deutschland Oil GmbH
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1250000
ThyssenKrupp Schwelgern
47166
Duisburg
ThyssenKrupp Steel Europe AG
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Furnace gas
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TurΓ³w Power Plant
PL-59-916
Bogatynia
Polska Grupa Energetyczna
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Lignite
5810000
VW Power Station
38440
Wolfsburg
VW Kraftwerk GmbH
Production of electricity
Hard coal
1520000
Walsum power plant
47179
Duisburg
Steag GmbH
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Hard coal
4850000
Weisweiler power plant
52249
Eschweiler
RWE Power AG
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Lignite
13400000
Łagisza Power Plant
PL-42-504
BΔ™dzin
TAURON Wytwarzanie
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Hard coal
573000