Whitehaven coal mine approval ‘restricts hydrogen and renewables’

The approval of the Whitehaven coal mine – the first new coal mine in Britain for more than 30 years – discredits the UK’s growing green credentials among its international peers and hinders growth in hydrogen and renewables.

That’s the opinion of Bill Ireland, CEO of Edinburgh-based hydrogen technologies expert Logan Energy.

He said, “It’s been proven that hydrogen is a key enabler for decarbonising all UK industry sectors – especially ‘hard to treat’ areas such as process heat used for steel production which relies on coking coal. We know that the iron and steel industry is responsible for about 4% of anthropogenic CO2 emissions in Europe, and 9% worldwide.

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