Burning coal amounts to 46% of CO2 emissions worldwide, and coal demand in Europe is not declining fast enough to beleading the world into a more hopeful future
STRAND ONE: The UK’ shosting of the COP26, and our recent string of victories against new coal mine applications, creates both the imperative and opportunity to push through legislative change to remove a clause in the UK’s Coal Industry Act 1994 requiring the UK government to retain an “economically viable coal industry”. This clause’s removal will weaken the basis for decision makers to approve climate wrecking coal mines later. CAN has a sound understanding of the British political system. The
voices and narratives of frontline communities of current and past coal mines will be centred in our advocacy, and to educate politicians more widely on the local and global climate change impacts of coal mining and use. CAN also has a wide supporter base to lend public pressure for legislative change as well.
STRAND TWO: Demand for coking coal is rising with European steel demand and threatens to displace reductions in emissions resulting from coal for power
phase-outs occurring across Europe. We will campaign to reduce the unsustainable reliance on coking coal for steel roduction by: 1) advocating for the rapid development and transition to alternative production methods. 2) contributing to the rethinking of steel production and consumption for non-essential purposes. CAN will leverage its embedded position within the European coalitions, Still Burning and Europe Beyond Coal to widen campaign learning and impacts beyond the UK. CAN will also leverage the relationships it has gained face-to-face with frontline communities in Russia and
Colombia to increase the number of voices and narratives in climate advocacy, and strengthen the social and political movements in Europe via the coalitions which it is a