Coal-burning power plants remain the single largest source of human-made CO2 emissions worldwide
The industry is in decline, but to avert climate catastrophe we need to stop it in its tracks now: no new coal power plants, no new mines and a just transition for workers to a low carbon economy.
In South Wales there are now FOUR open cast coal mining planning projects in progress or appeal. There is also a huge additional planning application in Druridge Bay, Northumberland, which is facing fierce resistance. There are presently 12 coal-fired power stations still open (although three are due to close over the next month). Much of the coal for these comes from overseas (predominantly Russia, Colombia and the USA). All this is despite the UK government’s recent announcement to close of all its coal-fired power plants by 2025 and it’s COP21 and EU commitments to decarbonize.
Campain for Climate Change has recently supported two massively successful campaigns against further coal mining projects: Ende Gelände and Reclaim the Power - End Coal Now. For more details about these two campaigns, you can read the most recent blogs about them:
NEW: Carbon Brief released an analysis of the UK's energy consumption in 2016. For the first time in the UK, electricity generated by wind overtook coal for the year, showing the collapse in the industry.
Save Druridge Bay from Opencast Coal Mining
Druridge Bay, in Northumberland, is under threat from plans for a huge opencast coal mine. People in the community have opposed the action due to the impacts it could have on wildlife, tourism and the local economy. TV naturalist Bill Oddie has described the proposal as a "desecration". Conservation groups, such as the RSPB, National Trust and the Northumberland Wildlife Trust, also oppose the plans.
Banks Mining made the proposal, where they hope to start the mine in 2017 and finish 7 years later, however this duration can be extended. An estimated 3 million tonnes of coal is expected to be extracted during this time period (which could possibly increase up to 7 million if an extension is granted). The government has recently stepped in and has ordered a public inquiry into the matter. Ministers will make their final decision in June 2017 as to whether the mine is agreed or not. Locals are currently trying to raise £10,000 in order to mount a legal challenge.
We cannot afford new opencast coal mines in the UK.
For more information, you can visit www.savedruridge.co.uk/the-proposal
Take action: You can help the locals meet their £10,000 goal in order to make a legal challenge by donating here