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.