Cumbrian coal mine: SGR objection

SGR's objections to the proposals for a huge new deep coal mine in West Cumbria, UK.

Latest update: 28 May 2021


SGR has submitted three objections to local and national planning inquiries since 2018 regarding the proposals for Woodhouse Colliery.

In summary, the key arguments of SGR's latest objection are that:

  • the carbon emissions from the combustion of the coal extracted each year from this mine would amount to approximately 9.0 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent, currently similar to the territorial emissions of over 1.3 million British citizens; 
  • claims that these emissions can be discounted due to a 'substitution effect' are deeply flawed, once proper consideration is made of economic, technological and policy factors;
  • the prospects for low carbon alternatives to the mining of this coal - for example, low carbon steel production methods - are much more promising that admitted by the proposers.


Download pdf of written objection (May 2021)

Download pdf of written objection (June/October 2020)

Download pdf of written objection (March 2018)


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