‘Terrible idea’: No climate case for Cumbria coal mine, says green group

Claims that a new coal mine in Cumbria can be carbon neutral have been strongly criticised by the Green Alliance in a new report that takes aim at the case for permitting any new coal mining projects.

Cumbria County Council last year approved Woodhouse Colliery, a new deep coal mine that is expected to release around 450 million tonnes of CO2 over its 50-year lifetime. The coal is to be used as coke for the steel industry rather than for electricity generation. 

Cumbria County Council said in its assessment of the planning application that the proposed mine would be “carbon neutral”, citing estimates from the mine operator, West Cumbria Mining, that it will save will save around 5.3 million tonnes of CO2 over that period by reducing the need to ship metallurgical coal from abroad.

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