Coal from the UK’s first deep mine for 30 years could be sold to a country that has one of the worst records for acting on climate change. West Cumbria Mining (WCM) has identified Turkey as a potential major customer for the planned mine in Whitehaven, Cumbria. The Climate Change Committee has warned that allowing the mine to go ahead would damage Britain’s standing as a leader in tackling global warming. Documents submitted by WCM to a public inquiry into its plans, due to start next month, show that Turkey is the biggest market for the type of coal the mine would produce: coking coal for making steel. Turkey, unlike every other member of the G20 group of major economies, has yet to ratify the Paris agreement on climate change and has an emissions target that is deemed “critically insufficient” by scientists at Climate Action Tracker, a group that monitors progress by each country. Supporters of the mine, which would employ up to 532 people, have said that it would help to reduce the UK’s reliance on coal from the US to make steel. But WCM’s submission states that about 85 per cent of the coal would be exported.
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