03/15/2021 – Over the past decade, the UK has seen rapid progress in coal emissions. While the share of electricity from coal was still 40 percent in 2012, that number dropped to 1.4 percent last year. Great Britain still relies on nuclear and gas as its sources of energy, but renewable energy is the driving force behind coal-fired power generation. Wind, solar and hydropower and organic matter accounted for 32.9 per cent of last year’s electricity mix. According to the British government, the goal is to provide renewable electricity to every household by 2030.
But plans for a new coal mine in Cumbria, in the northwest of the UK, are also underway from 2019. Supporters say hard coal is important in the domestic industrial market. The energy-intensive steel industry in particular should benefit from this and will not be dependent on foreign hard coal imports. Proponents also see a benefit to the climate here, as it will ultimately reduce CO2 Intense traffic from Australia or North America will be avoided. The West Cumbria mine, which is responsible for the coal mine, also talks about 500 new jobs in the region.
But alternatives are being developed for the more energetic industry. After all, hydrogen is hailed as the future technology for this area. As long as hydrogen is produced at renewable energies, it may help CO2– Reduce emissions in the industry quickly. Steel recycling should be encouraged.
8.4 million tons of CO2 per year
In addition, the Climate Change Committee – the government’s climate change committee – is skeptical that most of Cumbria’s coal is actually used. They estimate that 85 percent of the extracted coal will be exported. And when coal is mined and burned, an additional CO.2-Increased an annual emission of 8.4 million tons A study Determined a year ago.
Despite this, 40 MPs from the ruling Torres party continue to support the construction of the coal mine. In contrast, influential Tory politician Alok Sharma has repeatedly been shocked by plans for a coal mine. Sharma, who was the country’s Minister of Economy and Energy until the beginning of this year, is now fully responsible for implementing COP26’s chairmanship at the next climate conference in Glasgow in November this year. He fears that if the coal mine were to be built, it would do great damage to the image of Great Britain as the host of COP26.
The responsible minister intervenes
However, the decision-making power to halt the project rests with the Minister of Construction and Local Government, not the Minister of Energy. In the UK it is currently Robert Genrich and like him decided last week to intervene Freedom Announced. Generic said the growing controversy prompted him to take this step.
After plans for the construction of the coal mine have already been approved by the Cumbria County Council, the decision should be reconsidered after Genrich’s intervention. Genrix cites a recent report by the government’s Climate Change Advisory Committee, which expects the UK to expel coal-burning power for steel production by 2035 to become climate-neutral by 2050.
Now a public hearing is set to take place, according to supporters and opponents of the coal mine. Opposition politicians and environmental groups were delighted. Liberal Democrats environmental spokesman Tim Farren said, “It’s great that the government has finally raised the fact that mine will be a big step in our fight against the climate crisis.” And Tony Bosworth, the Friends of the Earth, described the UK’s decision as a “dangerous but very welcome U-turn”.
The public study will examine how steel production can already be developed environmentally and how sustainable jobs can be established in Cumbria. mf