UK Gov't Approves Construction of New Coal Mine Despite COP26 Pledges, Reports Say
© Sputnik / Alexander PatrinExcavator loading coal
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The United Kingdom's government has approved the construction of a new coal mine in the northwestern county of Cumbria, despite the promise to relinquish coal at the COP26 climate conference which it hosted last year, UK media reported.
The idea of opening the Whitehaven coal mine to extract coking coal, which is used in steel production, was first discussed on April 24. Michael Gove, UK Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities and Minister for Intergovernmental Relations, supported the plan to open the first coal mine in the country in decades to reduce dependence on energy imports from Russia. Before the crisis in Ukraine, London imported 40% of its coking coal from Russia.
British media cited West Cumbria Mining, the mine's developer, as saying that it would be the world's first zero-emissions coal mine. The press reported that the mine would not produce coal for power, adding that at least 80% of output would be exported.
© AP Photo / David DaviesA view of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, in Nottingham, England. Britain expects Friday, 21 April 2017 to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn't used coal to generate electricity. (David Davies/PA via AP)
A view of Ratcliffe-on-Soar power station, in Nottingham, England. Britain expects Friday, 21 April 2017 to be the first full day since the Industrial Revolution when it hasn't used coal to generate electricity. (David Davies/PA via AP)
© AP Photo / David Davies
Coal deliveries will begin 18 months after the start of construction, the report said. At the same time, both potential UK coal buyers, British Steel and Tata Steel, doubt they will use coal in production, the report said.
Participants in COP26 in Glasgow in 2021 adopted a document in which they agreed to reduce the use of coal-fired energy generation, which, due to CO2 emissions, has a negative impact on climate.