Coal-burning power plants remain the single largest source of human-made CO2 emissions worldwide
Coal emits the most CO2 per tonne burned amongst all the fossil fuels. Worldwide, coal burning is the largest single source of CO2 emissions from human activities even though 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 2020 there are 5 operational coal-fired power stations remaining in the United Kingdom. The UK government has committed to close all coal-fired power plants by 2025. Much of the coal use at present is imported - from Russia, Colombia and the USA. Banks Group has three operational open cast mines - in West Lothian, Durham, and Northumberland and plans two more - in Newcastle and Nothumberland - which face local campaigns against granting government approval. There are, in 2020, three more independent open cast mines - in Cumbria, Gloucestershire, and Lancashire.
Deep Coal Mining Being Revived
In 2019, the year the UK government committed to achieving net-zero emissions, Cumbria County Council approved the first deep coal mining project in the UK since December 2015 when the Kellingley colliery in North Yorkshire closed. The mine, due to become operational in 2022, will mine the sea bed off the coast off the coast of West Cumbria near White Haven. The product will be coking coal, used in the steel industry.
Unfriend Coal, an international network, aims to discourage insurers from underwriting coal related projects and thereby making coal related to risky for potential investors.
coalaction.org.uk campaigns against use of coal mining in the UK and the use of imported coal