CCC advises government to rethink Cumbrian coal mine: The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has advised the government to reevaluate planning permission given for a Cumbrian coal mine.

The Cumbrian Metallurgical Coal project involves a new underground coal mine situated on a brownfield site in Whitehaven, west Cumbria.

The plan is expected to convert about 2.7 million tonnes of metallurgical coal each year and is aimed at supplying British & European steel-making plants.

Chairman of CCC, Lord Deben, has sent a letter to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities, and Local Government Robert Jenrick concerning the decision not to call in, or inspect, the current decision of Cumbria County Council to grant planning permission to the new coal mine.

He points out in his letter that the opening of a new deep coking coal mine will raise global emissions & have an ‘appreciable’ effect on the UK’s legally binding carbon limits.

He said: “The decision to award planning permission to 2049 will commit the UK to emissions from coking coal, for which there may be no domestic use after 2035. 85% of the coal is planned for export to Europe.”

Lord Deben recognises that this decision shows a negative impression of the UK’s climate preferences in the year of COP26.

As reported by the recent Sixth Carbon Budget, coking coal should only be utilised in steelmaking after 2035 if a very high amount of the correlated carbon emissions is captured &  stored.

CCC had suggested using a mixture of hydrogen direct reduction & electric arc furnace tech, to assist in helping the UK-ore based steelmaking sector attain the near-zero-emissions goal by 2035.

A Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government spokesperson stated: “Planning decisions should be made at a local level wherever possible.

“This application has not been called-in and is a matter for Cumbria County Council to decide.”

CCC advises government to rethink Cumbrian coal mine

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