Trudeau government to say no to thermal coal

by Milan on June 20, 2021

in Coal mining

The Government of Canada has issued a statement on thermal coal (the kind burned for heat and electricity, as opposed to metallurgical coal used in steel production):

The continued mining and use of coal for energy production anywhere in the world is not environmentally sustainable and does not align with the Government of Canada’s commitments, both domestically and internationally, with respect to combatting climate change. Accordingly, the Government of Canada considers that any new thermal coal mining projects, or expansions of existing thermal coal mines in Canada, are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects. This position will inform federal decision making on thermal coal mining projects.

They don’t exactly say that all new coal projects will be blocked (still less production and exports from existing projects), but they do add:

The statement indicates that the Government considers that these projects are likely to cause unacceptable environmental effects within federal jurisdiction and are not aligned with Canada’s domestic and international climate change commitments. Accordingly, this position will inform federal decision making on thermal coal mining projects.

The Pembina Institute is calling the announcement “fully aligned with global climate action.”

Other sources note that this may lead to the cancellation of Coalspur Mines’s Vista mine expansion in Alberta.

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. June 20, 2021 at 5:42 pm

Thermal coal is officially up in smoke | Canada’s National Observer: News & Analysis

https://www.nationalobserver.com/2021/06/11/news/thermal-coal-wilkinson-regulations-coalspur

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