Plans for a small coal mine in Cumbria are becoming a symbol of the UK government’s inability to match ambitious words on climate change.
FT 5th Feb 2021 read more »
Pressure is growing on the government over its support for a new coalmine in Cumbria, as the UK prepares to host the most important UN climate summit since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015. Developing country experts, scientists, green campaigners and government advisers are increasingly concerned about the seeming contradiction of ministers backing the new mine – the UK’s first new deep coalmine in three decades, which will produce coking coal, mostly for export, until 2049 – while gathering support from world leaders for a fresh deal on the climate crisis.
Guardian 5th Feb 2021 read more »
Plans for the UK’s first deep coalmine in more than 30 years have led to local divisions in Cumbria, even as it becomes an international issue over the country’s climate change commitments. James Hansen, one of the world’s foremost voices on the climate, this week took the unusual step of sending Boris Johnson a strongly worded letter warning that if the mine was allowed to proceed it would lead to “ignominy and humiliation” for the UK. He said the plans for the mine showed a “contemptuous disregard for the future of young people”. He hoped the prime minister would take the chance to help the UK change the world’s climate trajectory by showing the “acumen and gumption” to be a global leader on environmental issues. Sir David King, former chief scientific adviser, backed Hansen’s intervention. “They should not [go ahead with the mine],” he told the Guardian. “It is a big mistake. I think Jim Hansen has expressed it very well.”
Guardian 4th Feb 2021 read more »
The global production of zero emissions steel has taken a massive step forward, with a world leading Swedish project completing the construction of a world-first fossil-free steel pilot plant in Luleå, Sweden.
Renew Economy 1st Sept 2020 read more »
Government mulls carbon tax push, as criticism mounts over ‘contemptuous’ coal mine decision. Number 10 has instructed every department in government to propose a price for carbon emissions, in a move that could provide the basis for a major extension of the UK’s carbon tax regime. The Times reported this morning that it has seen a Whitehall memo that confirms Number 10 and the Treasury have asked all departments to bring forward plans for a carbon pricing scheme that would cover all areas of the economy, potentially leading to new levies on carbon intensive products and services, such as meat and dairy, and gas for heating, which are currently subject to negligible or non-existent environmental taxes.
Business Green 4th Feb 2021 read more »
How does one of the biggest losses in UK corporate history square with Shell’s grand plan to move away from dirty fossil fuels towards green energy and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050? The answer is that it may take a miracle, as investors seem to have recognised – Shell’s share price is still roughly a third below pre-pandemic levels.
Telegraph 4th Feb 2021 read more »
BP green deal with Rosneft is nowhere near enough, says Greenpeace.
Times 5th Feb 2021 read more »