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Canada Climate. For the first time in 30 years, a new coal mine licensed in England

10:50  23 february  2021
10:50  23 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Vue du future site d’extraction de la West Cumbria Mining © West Cumbria Mining View of the future West Cumbria Mining site

As the UK slowly shed its coal tradition, a new mine has been authorized in Cumbria. The government refuses to intervene, despite its commitments to carbon neutrality by 2050.

This had not happened for three decades. The elected officials of Cumbria, north-west region of England , authorized the opening of a new coal mine, whose operation is scheduled until 2049.

This return to the coal past of the Kingdom -Uni is so debated that it is again under consideration. It flies in the face of the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050, says Will McDowall, professor of energy policy.

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Cumbria County Council has approved amended plans for the mine amid protests from environmentalists. A council has again supported plans for the UK's first deep mine in 30 years despite objections from climate change activists. West Cumbria Mining sought new approval from Cumbria County Council after amending its plan for the £165m mine in Whitehaven. The firm plans to extract coking coal from beneath the Irish Sea to be used in steel production.

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2.78 million tonnes per year

The operator, West Cumbria Mining (WCM), plans to extract 2.78 million tonnes per year from the Whitehaven site. According to the UK Climate Change Commission (CCC), which advises the government, this mining activity will increase UK carbon emissions by 0.4 Mt CO2 per year. More than the annual emissions of the last nine coal mines in the country, at the end of their life. As the host of COP26 in November, the government must lead by example. Many will have the feeling that Boris Johnson is hypocrite ”, notes Will McDowall, referring to the new green speeches of the British Prime Minister.

Production of coke intended for the manufacture of steel

In Cumbria, defenders of the mine stress that it is a production of coke, intended for the manufacture of steel, less polluting than coal from heater. The construction of each wind turbine requires very high quality steel, which in turn depends on large quantities of metallurgical coal, argues Mark Kirkbride, director of WCM. This mine is also presented as an opportunity to reduce dependence on American or Australian producers, and on imported emissions.

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Public opinion has shifted in recent years, with climate protesters flooding the streets. When the UK government green-lit a plan to build its first deep coal mine in 30 years in Cumbria, northwest England , earlier this year, the decision sparked a wave of protests, including a 10-day hunger strike by James Hansen, one of the world's leading climate scientists, has written a personal letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to reconsider the plan and telling him he risks being "vilified" and "humiliated" by young people if the mine goes ahead. The action forced Cumbria County Council, the

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The mine design has been influenced by feedback received through open days, the website and social media https://t.co/fF4fp2SZHU pic.twitter.com/W78CakmJ36

- West Cumbria Mining (@WCumbriaMining) April 11, 2017

UK steel producers have however not expressed the need to use this mine and there is no indication that they will do so afterwards. Coal Action Newtork anti-coal activists insist on the alternatives that are coming. Big producers are investing to decarbonize steel, but there is no similar ambition in the UK, regrets Daniel Therkelsen, one of the activists. For example, the clean steel of the Swedish company Hybrit, which uses hydrogen, should be marketed from 2026.

,500 to 1,000 jobs ”promised

Climate scientists from the CCC urge the United Kingdom to stop the use of metallurgical coal by 2035. They estimate that 85% of the coal from this mine will be exported. With whom, then, will the European Union set up a border carbon adjustment mechanism from 2023?

For local elected officials, the sinews of war remain the 500 to 1,000 jobs promised in a poor region, which voted for Boris Johnson and his promises of a better future. The CCC sent a letter of warning to the government but has so far received no response.

From our correspondent in London,

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