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NSW Greens approvals would lift coal output by 2 billion tonnes - IPCC

Coal News - Published on Thu, 11 Oct 2018

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According to calculations by NSW Greens, new coal mines or approved expansion of existing ones have the potential to lift NSW production by almost 2 billion tonnes, potential unleashing an "emissions bomb." The tally includes the new 120 million-tonne Bylong coal mine proposed by Korea's KEPCO group for the Hunter Valley, which secured Department of Planning support. The approval came on the same day the United Nations released a special report recommending a phase-out of coal used in power stations by 2050. It's not yet time to stop expanding, coal industry says.

NSW now has 1.881 billion tonnes of coal either recently approved or in the planning pipeline, with 1.1 billion tonnes for expanded mines alone, the Greens estimate. If all the coal were burnt it would emit the equivalent of 5.4 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide, or 10 times Australia's current annual emissions.

Mr Jeremy Buckingham, NSW energy spokesman, said that “The 778 million tonnes of coal proposed from new mines [alone] in NSW is a massive carbon emissions bomb poised to wreck our future."

Mr Buckingham noted the climate report, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's special 1.5 degree study, had been released in South Korea and had called for the great bulk of fossil fuels to remain untapped if dangerous climate change were to be avoided.

He said that “The [NSW] decision recklessly ignores the international scientific consensus that we need to end coal for a chance of keeping climate change impacts at safer levels."

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Thu, 11 Oct 2018
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