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Aberpergwm coal mine expansion

Coal Action Network is actively campaigning to stop an expansion to the existing Aberpergwm deep coal mine in South Wales to extract a further 42 million tonnes of coal, emitting around 100 million tonnes of CO2 and up to 1.17 million tonnes of methane, until 2039. The licence for the expansion has been issued by the UK Coal Authority, so Coal Action Network is now challenging that decision in court on 06th Feburary 2024. We are also actively campaigning against the coal mine, and supporting Welsh groups to also take action  - including: FOE Cymru and its local groups, Greenpeace local groups, XR Cymru, Wales Green party and its local groups, and Wales Libdem party.

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Coal clings on in Aberpergwm appeal

Citing different grounds to the High Court, the Court of Appeal has nevertheless found against our appeal. The Court of Appeal judges disagreed with the judge in the High Court, and decided that current statute limits Welsh Ministers to only deciding whether a new conditional licence may be issued…

Aberpergwm coal mine extension debated in court

Today, 6th February 2024, Coal Action Network was back in court, this time appealing last year’s decision by the court that the Welsh Government couldn’t prevent an extension at Aberpergwm coal mine.

Aberpergwm Judicial Review appeal

On 15th and 16th March, Coal Action Network took the Welsh Government and Coal Authority (UK regulator of coal mining) to the Cardiff court in a judicial review over their respective handling of the Aberpergwm application to extend workings by up to 42 million tonnes of coal and until 2039…

Aberpergwm Judicial Review decision

it was announced the Judicial Review decision has upheld the mine continuing to operate until 2039 to the tune of over 100 million tonnes of CO2. This judgement comes fewer than two months after the IPCC released a report sounding the ‘final warning’ of irreversible and catastrophic climate change…

Stop coal’s climate toll

Today (25th April) people dressed as Rebecca Rioters protested against the Welsh Government’s failure to deliver a complete ban on coal mining on the steps of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). The Rebecca Riots took place between 1839 and 1842 with the destruction of the toll gates which taxed rural people’s produce.

Coal on trial in Wales: the right to choose a coal-free future

We arrived outside the Cardiff courts to press teams and a strong demonstration in support of our case for a more sustainable future in Wales and the UK—one that cannot have coal in it. Welsh people are standing up to say they want to carve out a future that doesn’t carve up more…

Call to action – will Wales decide Aberpergwm coal mine?

Demonstration in support of a 2-day court hearing to rule that the Welsh Government can apply its strong policy against coal mining to stop the Aberpergwm coal mine expansion in Glyn Neath. Show up to show the Welsh Government that you care about fossil fuels and the climate change it drives…

Invite your Members of the Senedd to a briefing on coal in Wales

Will you invite your Members of the Senedd to a briefing on basic income & the transition to a zero carbon economy, and the latest on the expansion of Aberpergwm colliery and other Welsh coal problems? The event takes place on the 30th November.

Campaign to stop Aberpergwm

At the end of November 2021, we noticed the licence application for an extension to ‘Aberpergwm Colliery’ on the little-publicised webpage of the Coal Authority. This webpage contains a listing of all coal mine licences and licence applications and is a good one to bookmark and check back regularly…

Key facts: Aberpergwm coal mine expansion

42 million tonnes during the life of the extension + 30 million tonnes of “middling” coal to be dumped or put back into the coal mine.
Around 100 million tonnes of CO2 and up to 1.17 million tonnes of methane could be emitted during…

Aberpergwm FAQs & Action for local residents

Energybuild hasn’t been keeping local people in the loop, so we thought we would! Volunteers from Neath Port Talbot Friends of the Earth have given out flyers in Glynneath to start conversations and direct people towards this information about the mine expansion…

CAN instructs Barristers to take Welsh Government and the Coal Authority to task over Aberpergwm colliery extension.

Our Barrister’s pre-action letter convincingly puts the power to stop the Aberpergwm colliery extension licence firmly in the hands of Welsh Government Ministers. Now it is up to those Ministers to take their rhetoric and put it into swift, decisive action…

Licenced: the Aberpergwm coal mine extension

On 25th January 2022, whilst the Welsh and UK Governments continued to argue over which could stop it, The Coal Authority approved the full licence for an underground coal mine extension to Energybuild Ltd. The company can now mine a further 40 MILLION TONNES of coal until 2039…

An open letter to stop the Aberpergwm coal extension

Combined, both of you have received nearly 4000 emails from people who are dismayed by the news that the deep coal mine operated by EnergyBuild Ltd in Aberpergwm may imminently have the licence to extend it deconditionalised by The Coal Authority regulator…

Aberpergwm coal extension

Energy Build ltd are on the cusp of getting their Aberpergwm coal mine extension licence. The licence could be obtained any day, and work begin shortly thereafter. Coal is our collective heritage, but it cannot be our future…

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Coal is finite, but we are relentless

Rich Felgate’s film FINITE: The Climate of Change, features the Campaign to Protect Pont Valley and the occupation of the Hambacher forest. It shows how, through relentless campaigning, direct action and creative protest, concerned people stopped destruction of the remaining Hambacher forest in the Rhineland, Germany. The forest was being consumed for RWE’s brown opencast coal mine. FINITE also follows opposition to the Banks Group’s opencast coal mine in the Pont Valley, Durham, UK. The Pont Valley Protection Camp started opposing the coal mine plans in early 2018.

FINITE is available to rent or buy online worldwide on Vimeo On Demand!

 

Numerous applications to extract coal from the Pont Valley via opencast coal methods were rejected for over 30 years by the local council, before UK Coal were given planning permission after a second planning appeal, in June 2015, although the company had gone bankrupt. Banks Group took over the license to extract coal for power stations in early 2018 and rushed to remove the first coal before the planning permission lapsed on the 3rd June 2018.

Local people, some living just 300m from the site’s perimeter, alongside activists from across Europe, set up a protest camp in February 2018 during the ‘Beast from the East’ snow storm. This action was taken just after the coal company felled an ancient hedgerow that ran through the proposed site.

 

Bedwas coal tips: more mining's not the answer

'Energy Recovery Investments Ltd' is proprosing to extract the coal from two large coal tips in Bedwas, Caerphilly, South Wales, claiming that it would use some of the sales of the coal to restore those coal tips later. With over 300 at-risk coal tips registered across South Wales, and financial shortcomings to pay for their remediation, we cannot let the proposed Bedwas coal mine become the method for remediating the remaining coal tips. This would be disasterous for our climate, and represent total contempt for the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act. Local residents are mobilising against this disasterous proposal. Support the local campaign group's crowdfunder.

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Support local campaign group resist Bedwas coal mine

Mining company, ERI Ltd, is applying to mine nearly half a million tonnes of coal from two coal tips dumped in Caerphilly, South Wales by the same mining industry last time it operated in the area.

Bedwas coal tips: Key facts and impacts

Mining company, ERI Ltd, is applying to mine nearly half a million tonnes of coal from two coal tips dumped in Caerphilly, South Wales, by the mining industry last time it operated in the area. It’s vital we stop this shameless attempt to exploit the mess left behind by the mining industry to justify yet more mining. If the coal tip mining were to go ahead, it would…

Bedwas coal tip: a new frontier for coal in South Wales?

‘Energy Recovery Investments Ltd’ is proprosing to extract the coal from 3 large coal tips in Bedwas, Caerphilly, South Wales. The company claims that it would use some of the sales of the coal to restore those coal tips later. The coal tips lie above a coal seam, which the company claims it would coincidentally have to dig into to create ‘lagoons’ for processing the coal from the coal tips…

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Glan Lash opencast coal mine

Bryn Bach Coal Ltd applied in 2019 to expand the Glan Lash opencast coal mine to extract a further 95,038 tonnes of coal (more than the original coal mine licenced for just 92,500 tonnes) over 6.1 years. An independent Planning Ecology report commissioned by the Carmarthenshire County Council recommended rejection of the application to fulfil the Council’s duty to “maintain and enhance biodiversity", and Planning Councillors unanimously refused the application permission on 14th September 2023. Bryn Bach Coal Ltd has 6 months from this date to appeal the refusal.

Facts and figures

Extension application

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REFUSED: Glan Lash opencast coal mine

Councillors voted unanimously to refuse the application, to loud applause. We celebrate that 6.5 hectares of trees, hedgerows, and fields were spared destruction in the refusal of this application…

Glan Lash extension to be decided

The Planning Officer’s Report lends much weight to Bryn Bach Coal Ltd’s (BBCL) claim that most of the coal will be sent to non-burn end-use. BBCL has increased the proportion of coal it claims will go to non-burn end-use in successive versions of its application, without justification for these shifting proportions. The reality is that market conditions…

Glan Lash – write to your councillors

This drone footage shot on 06 April 2023 shows plainly the local environmental impact of the Glan Lash opencast coal mine, and sends a powerful message to Carmarthenshire’s Councillors, expected to make a decision in the coming months on whether to allow this local environmental travesty to expand in size and continue for longer…

Glan Lash opencast expansion – overview

Bryn Bach Coal Ltd submitted an application in 2019 to expand the Glan Lash opencast coal mine by 6.68 hectares (originally 7.98 hectares) with the site boundary at 10.03 hectares, to extract a further 95,038 tonnes of coal (originally 110,000 tonnes, and represents more than the original coal mine licenced for just 92,500 tonnes) over 6.1 years…

Key facts: Glan Lash

There are many calls to reject the proposed expansion of the Glan Lash opencast coal mine on the grounds of climate change, citing Planning Policy Wales (Edition 10). But Llandybie Community Council and Councillor Davies support it—citing jobs, community fund, and repeating the company’s claims of low climate change impact…

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West Cumbria coal mine proposal

Coal Action Network is one of several organisations campaigning to stop the coking coal mine proposed by West Cumbria Mining Ltd from starting. Allowing this new coal mine now would release C02, methane and sulphur emissions; cost the UK in terms of its environment, climate leadership, and decarbonisation; and release contamination. Resources must instead be invested in generating green jobs within West Cumbria, proving that it is not a choice of jobs in climate-trashing industries or unemployment—as that’s not a choice to most people.

If you would like to be involved in the grass roots campaign email us at info@coalaction.org.uk and we can tell you how to join the Whatsapp Group or join the email list.

ACTIONS & NEWS

Hearing date set for proposed West Cumbria Coal mine

The legal challenges against the government’s approval of a new coal mine off the coast of Cumbria will be heard in London on the 16th to 18th July.

Protesters walk with banner reading 'Insure Our Futures Not Polluters'

Success: Yet another major insurer rules out coal and oil projects

After a week of peaceful protest around the world, alongside hundreds of groups, our efforts have paid off. Yet another leading insurance company, Probitas, has ruled out insuring the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

EMR Capital’s other coking coal mine – Kestrel, Queensland

EMR Capital, the company that owns 81% of the proposed West Cumbria Coal mine is currently operating another coking coal mine – Kestrel.

Proposed Whitehaven coal mine campaign timeline

How did we get here? Ten years of events that have led to where we currently stand with the proposed Whitehaven coal mine

Ditch the dirty dollars – invest in our future!

People hailing from Cumbria to London, and everywhere in between, descended on the Mines and Money Conference in London across two days (28th-29th Nov 2023). We demanded that investors stop pouring cash into the mining sector, and  instead invest in our collective future. Together with Fossil Free London and other groups, we greeted investors with…

Q&A proposed West Cumbria coal mine questions

This page gives suggestions of answers to some of the more detailed questions campaigners get asked about West Cumbria Mining Ltd’s plans for Whitehaven.

5 Insurers Rule Out The West Cumbria Mine

The insurers that have ruled out underwriting the mine are AEGIS Managing Agency, Argenta Syndicate Management, Hannover Re and Talanx. These are the first financial institutions to rule out any involvement with the project, and the win represents a new phase in the campaign to stop the project from going ahead.

“No time for a coal mine” banners appear on all major roads into Cumbria

25 large banners opposing the proposed new coal mine near Whitehaven with the words ‘NO TIME for a COAL MINE’ were dropped on all the roads entering Cumbria on the 25th August.

Hearing delayed – challenges against Whitehaven coal mine approval

The legal challenges against the Government’s approval of a new coking coal mine in Cumbria has been delayed from October, likely into the new year. A Supreme Court judgement on a related case causes the delay, as the decision is awaited.

Upcoming events against proposed Whitehaven coal mine

Regular events are planned for outside the proposed site at Whitehaven. Come and show your support for leaving the coal in the ground.

Whitehaven legal challenge update

A High Court judge has given the go ahead for 2 legal challenges over the government’s decision to grant planning permission for a controversial new underground coking coal mine in West Cumbria to proceed to a 3 day hearing in October 2023. 

Actions against proposed Whitehaven coal mine since Govt approval

Groups have taken action since the government approved a new coal mine proposed for Whitehaven, Cumbria—including: Chris Packham joined Friends of the Earth, Extinction Rebellion and others…

Legal challenges against Whitehaven coal mine approval

Two legal challenges have been launched against the government’s approval of a new coking coal mine in Cumbria. Find out the details.

Santa delivers Christmas coal to Gove for Whitehaven approval

On Wednesday (21/12/2022) a gang of Santas delivered sacks of ‘naughty list coal’ to Michael Gove at his Department of Levelling Up, Housing, and Communities office in Whitehall on behalf of Coal Action Network and Lush cosmetics. Holding signs reading “Christmas coal for climate criminal…

Flawed grounds of Michael Gove’s shock approval of the Whitehaven coal mine

The UK Government has produced a 15 page letter plus appendices which outlines the reasons for granting permission to the Whitehaven coal mine application (Ref: 4/17/9007). This is mostly in the form of highlighting points on which Michael Gove agrees with…

Twitter-Storm against Cumbria coking coal mine

Following the shocking decision that the UK government are allowing a new underground coking coal mine under the sea by Whitehaven Cumbria, we invite you to show your disdain and join our protest. The action is a twitter ‘storm’ now that a decision has been made.

Whitehaven coking coal mine approved

At the end of 2021, Boris Johnson said, “I’m not in favour of more coal” in response to questions about the proposed Whitehaven coking coal mine during the Glasgow COP26 climate summit. Yet today a massive new underground coking coal mine…

Key facts: Whitehaven coal mine

Coal to be excavated: 61.4 million tonnes of coal in total and 2.93 million tonnes of coal per annum (at full capacity)

Coal to be sold: 55.6 million tonnes of coal in total and 2.78 million tonnes of coal per annum (at full capacity)…

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Ffos-y-fran coal mine expansion

Coal Action Network is campaigning to stop an application to extend the existing Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine in South Wales by 9 months initially, then a further 3 years. This represents a betrayal of promises made to local communities living nearby in Merthyr Tydfil by the coal operator (Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd, and Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

Facts and figures

Extension application

ACTIONS & NEWS

Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine quietly becomes a massive reservoir

Coal Action Network’s drone footage on Monday 11th March raised the alarm bell about the rising water levels. With this footage, a local resident informed Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council of the rising water levels, only to be told…

Charges dropped for activists blocking Ffos-y-fran coal mine

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped all charges against the four Extinction Rebellion (XR) activists who blockaded the entrance to the UK’s largest open-cast coal mine, last summer with a pink boat. While removing the immediate burden of legal confrontation for the defendants, the decision has left a “crater of unfinished business” in the fight for climate justice and accountability for local residents…

Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s last opencast coal mine finally shut – we’re not celebrating

We are an environmental organisation dedicated to ending coal mining and use in the UK for the sake of our collective climate and ecosystems. So you’d think we’d celebrate the claim by Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd that it will finally stop mining coal today at Ffos-y-fran in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales. But we’re not. Because the abject failure of Merthyr County Borough Council to stop…

Ffos-y-fran: timeline of illegal coal mining

01 September 2022: Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd applies for a S.73 time extension to mine coal from Ffos-y-fran, and to accordingly delay and vary restoration works.
06 September 2022: Planning permission ends for coal mining at the Ffos-y-fran site, after 15 years and 3 months of operations.
12 September 2022: first reports to MTCBC have been made by local residents of coaling beyond the end of planning permission.

Judicial Review filed against Ffos-y-fran illegal coal mine

With support from the Good Law Project, we have filed for a Judicial Review against both the Local Council and Welsh Government’s continuing failure to stop Ffos-y-fran, the UK’s biggest opencast coal mine, selling off over 1,000 tonnes of illegal coal each day right under their noses and to the harm of local residents…

Ffos-y-fran mining company acting “unilaterally and unlawfully”

Respected senior Barrister, James Maurici KC, and Barrister Toby Fisher have today released a blistering open letter of legal advice that reveals for the first time that the company operating the UK’s largest opencast coal mine, Ffos-y-fran, in South Wales is doing so “unilaterally and unlawfully” without the approval of “any democratically elected bodies or persons”…

Ffos-y-fran: the UK’s huge illegal coal operation

Based on the most recently available official statistics from The Coal Authority, since planning permission ended, by the end of May 2023, nearly 300,000 tonnes of coal would have been mined without any attempt to stop it, at the climate cost of almost a MILLION tonnes of CO2…

Victory! We stopped Ffos-y-fran opencast from extending coal operations!

After two decades of campaigning, last night (26/04/23) Merthyr Tydfil residents, Coal Action Network, and other environmental campaigners finally stopped Ffos-y-fran opencast coal with the Council’s refusal of permission to extend!

Stop coal’s climate toll

Today (25th April) people dressed as Rebecca Rioters protested against the Welsh Government’s failure to deliver a complete ban on coal mining on the steps of the Senedd (Welsh Parliament). The Rebecca Riots took place between 1839 and 1842 with the destruction of the toll gates which taxed rural people’s produce.

Rally to rule out expanding Ffos-y-fran opencast

Ffos-y-fran is a large opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales which has operated for over 15 years. On 06th September 2022, planning permission for the opencast coal mining came to an end… but the mining company continues mining an average of 1,000 tonnes of coal every day…

Petition delivered to the Welsh Government: call in and reject this coal mine!

In September 2022, Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine’s 15-year planning permission ran out and the coal mine was due to close and restoration begin. However, Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd applied for a S73 time extension to mine coal at the site for a 9 months, with an intention to submit a further application for a 3-year expansion….

Key facts: illicit Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine expansion

In September 2022, Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine’s 15-year planning permission ran out and the coal mine was due to close and restoration begin. However, Merthyr (South Wales) Ltd applied for a S73 time extension to mine coal at the site for a 9 months, with an intention to submit a further application for a 3-year expansion…

Deiseb: Llywodraeth Cymru Peidiwch ag ehangu pwll glo brig mwyaf y DU

Wales is about to decide whether to expand the UK’s largest opencast coal mine by nearly 4 years, emitting almost 6 million tonnes of CO2, and 16,000 tonnes of methane from the coal mine itself. The climate-trashing Ffos-y-fran coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil extracts up to 50,000 tonnes of coal every month…

Sign this petition to stop the expansion of UK’s biggest opencast coal mine

Wales is about to decide whether to expand the UK’s largest opencast coal mine by nearly 4 years, emitting almost 6 million tonnes of CO2, and 16,000 tonnes of methane from the coal mine itself. The climate-trashing Ffos-y-fran coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil extracts up to 50,000 tonnes of coal every month…

Ffos-y-fran opencast coal mine pressures Council for extension in climate crisis

Ffos-y-fran (pronounced in English as Fossey-vran) is a large opencast coal mine in Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales, mining primarily thermal coal. Mining company Merthyr Ltd (previously, Miller Argent) was awarded planning permission in February 2005 on appeal and began opencast coal mining….

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Coal & Steel

We are facing a climate emergency. This reality is underlined every day by extreme weather and ‘natural disasters’. The steel industry produces 11% of the annual CO2 emitted globally, contributing significantly to climate change. This is largely due to the reliance on coking coal in primary steel production.

The UK government is to decide whether West Cumbria Mining Ltd can start a new large underground coking coal mine, called Woodhouse Colliery, in West Cumbria. West Cumbria Mining Ltd plan to export coking coal to European steelworks which would worsen climate change. The planning application will be decided following a Public Inquiry in Autumn 2021.

All aspects of the steel industry are globalised, including the coking coal inputs, iron ore, finished products, scrap steel, and the emissions produced. The impacts of these emissions are experienced internationally and the rest are traded globally. Solutions to decarbonise steel, therefore, must cross national borders with answers needed everywhere—so we should start taking action wherever we are based. The UK government intends to decarbonise steel by 2035, giving steel companies an central role in reducing emissions and changing the accepted standards of steel production and resource use.

In the UK, Port Talbot and Scunthorpe Steelworks are the second and third biggest single site emitters of carbon. Both sites use the broadly two stage ‘blast furnaces – basic oxygen furnaces’ with metallurgical coal to make virgin steel. The other two large steel producers – Liberty Steel and Celsa recycle scrap steel in ‘electric arc furnaces’ which reduces the climate impact of those steel products.

Four of the five biggest global steel producers aim to reach carbon neutral steel production by 2050. To keep up, the UK’s steelworks need to decarbonise as well. If not, customers aiming to reach their own climate goals will likely choose to import lower carbon steel from other European countries like Sweden and Spain who are pursuing low-emissions steelmaking projects.

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Unite to fight for a just steel transition

Port Talbot Steelworks in South Wales is the largest producer of virgin steel in the UK. Along with British Steel steelworks in Scunthorpe, Port Talbot steelworks is expected to shut down its blast furnaces in 2024 and build a 3 million tonne (MT) electric arc furnace (EAF) to recycle scrap steel. This is a measure to reduce the steelworks CO2 footprint by cutting out coal used in traditional blast furnaces in virgin steelmaking.

Ditch the dirty dollars – invest in our future!

People hailing from Cumbria to London, and everywhere in between, descended on the Mines and Money Conference in London across two days (28th-29th Nov 2023). We demanded that investors stop pouring cash into the mining sector, and  instead invest in our collective future. Together with Fossil Free London and other groups, we greeted investors with…

Port Talbot steel transition

On 15th September 2023, The Guardian reported that Tata Steel accepted Government funding to avoid closing its steelworks in Port Talbot, South Wales, by decarbonising it instead – but at a loss of up to 3,000 jobs. The UK Government is providing £500 million, and Tata Steel is expected to provide another £725 million…

UK Coal Round Up

Update on coal extraction and use in the UK. The situation with coal production and use in the UK is changing. There is a legal challenges to the proposed West Cumbria coal mine and Aberpergwm extension; and an illegal mine operating in Merthyr Tydfil. Updated stats from the government’s July Digest of UK Energy Statistics.

Coal round up February 2022

Update on coal extraction and use in the UK. The situation with coal production and use in the UK is changing. There are no new opencast mines proposed; only one proposed opencast coal extension and one existing opencast extraction site…

New Coal Action Network report ~ Coal in Steel: Problems and solutions

New report from Coal Action Network. Coal in Steel provides background information to campaigns against proposed new coking coal mines and considering how coal needs to be phased out of steel production.

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Sample Letter & Lloyd's Email Addresses

Dear [insert name here],

I am writing to you with regards to your potential involvement in the Woodhouse Colliery at Whitehaven, Cumbria, and other coking coal projects. I am one of many people concerned that West Cumbria Mining is seeking insurance for the mine via the Lloyd’s of London marketplace. Michaele Hawkins has informed me that she believes that the West Cumbria Mine is not currently insured through the Lloyd’s market. We would like [name of insurance company] to go one step further and commit to not ever insuring this new mine, and no other future coking coal mine.

Woodhouse Colliery will be the first new deep coal mine in the UK for 30 years. There has been strong opposition to the project on environmental grounds. The Woodhouse Colliery will result in huge CO2e emissions. We cannot open new coal mines and avoid catastrophic climate change. This mine will extract 2.78 million tonnes of coal per year and is not compatible with the Paris Agreement or the UK 6th Carbon Budget.

Following a push from community campaigners, Robert Jenrick Secretary of State has called a Public Inquiry to look more closely into the project. In September 2020 Robert Jenrick ruled out the Highthorn opencast coal mine citing its environmental and climate impacts. This shows how the issues raised by campaigners are not only of local relevance, but they are nationally and internationally relevant.

Further to this, coal is the biggest contributor to anthropogenic climate change. Climate change is affecting communities in the Global South first and hardest, despite they are not the ones who have caused the problem. In the Global North, is it communities of colour and working class communities that are on the frontlines of climate change. The climate crisis is a justice issue.

We believe you should not insure the Woodhouse Colliery and any new coking coal mines on the following grounds:

  •  The Woodhouse Colliery project is not compliant with the UK’s commitments under the Paris Climate Agreement.
  • The Woodhouse Colliery project will delay the shift to cleaner steel in the UK and Europe.
  • Any new coking coal mine will lock the world into more CO2 emissions, make a transition to a low-carbon future even harder, and condemn many communities to lose their livelihoods due to runaway climate change.
  • There needs to be no new policies or renewals of policies, for coal underwriting from today.

We hope you will be able to take a clear stance and rule out insuring the Woodhouse Colliery and any new coking coal mine.

Please could you confirm receipt of this email. I look forward to hearing your response.

Yours sincerely,

[Your name]

Names and emails of the directors of insurance companies that have not ruled out insuring the West Cumbria mine:

Name Contact Email
AEGIS Managing Agency Limited William Hillman, Senior Vice President & Chief Underwriting Officer williamhillman@aegislimited.com
Allied World Managing Agency Limited Darren Powell, Active Underwriter, darren.powell@awac.com
Alpha Insurance Analysts Limited James Sparrow, Managing Director and Analyst james@aianalysts.com
AmTrust Syndicates Limited Alex Christians, Underwriting Director alex.christians@anv.eu.com
Antares Managing Agency Limited Jim Lyle, Head of Energy & Terrorism jlye@qicglobal.com
Apollo Syndicate Management Limited David Ibeson, CEO david.ibeson@apollounderwriting.com
Arch Underwriting at Lloyd's Ltd Hugh Sturgess, CEO hsturgess@archinsurance.co.uk
Argenta Private Capital Limited see below below
Argenta Syndicate Management Limited David Monksfield, Chairman, david.monksfield@argentagroup.com
Argo Managing Agency Limited David Snowden, SVP Group Communications david.snowden@argogroupus.com
Ark Syndicate Management Limited Ian Beaton, CEO ian.beaton@arkunderwriting.com
Ascot Underwriting Limited Andrew Brooks, CEO andrew.brooks@ascotuw.com
Aspen Managing Agency Limited Jamie Lewis - Head of London Aspen Re, jamie.lewis@aspen-re.com +442071848319 jamie.lewis@aspen-re.com
Asta Managing Agency Limited Julian Tighe j.tighe@asta-uk.com CEO, Keith Nevett k.nevett@asta-uk.com Head of Business Development j.tighe@asta-uk.com
Atrium Underwriters Limited Richard Harries, CEO Richard.Harries@atrium-uw.com
Axis Managing Agency Ltd Victoria Rodrigues da Costa, Senior Underwriter victoria.rodriguesdacosta@axiscapital.com
Barbican Managing Agency David Reeves, CEO david.reeves@barbicaninsurance.com
Beazley Furlonge Limited Sally Lake, Group Finance Director sally.lake@beazley.com
Brit Syndicates Limited Brian Randall, Energy Director brian.randall@britinsurance.com
Canopius Managing Agents Limited Rachel Sabbarton, Head of Energy Rachel.Sabbarton@canopius.com
Capita Managing Agency Limited Simon Sykes, CEO CSIS.enquiries@capita.com
Catlin Underwriting Agencies Limited (owned by AXA) Sean McGovern, CEO at Lloyd's sean.mcgovern@axaxl.com
Chaucer Syndicates Limited Ed Lines, Active Underwriter, Syndicate 1084

Michael Dawson, Active Underwriter, Syndicate 1176

ed.lines@chaucerplc.com

michael.dawson@chaucerplc.com

Chubb Underwriting Agencies Limited Evan G. Greenberg, CEO evan.greenberg@chubb.com
CNA Hardy Jalil Rehman, CEO Jalil.Rehman@cnahardy.com
Endurance at Lloyd's Limited Julian James, CEO jjames@sompo-intl.com
ERS Syndicate Management Limited Peter Bilsby, CEO peter.bilsby@ers.com
Faraday Underwriting Limited Tom Shelley, CEO tom.shelley@faraday.com
Hamilton Managing Agency Limited Adrian Daws, ceo adrian.daws@hamiltongroup.com
Hampden Agencies Limited Stephen Harris, CEO Stephen.harris@hampden.co.uk
HCC Underwriting Agency Ltd Susan Rivera, CEO srivera@tmhcc.com
Hiscox Syndicates Limited Kate Markham, CEO kate.markham@hiscox.com
Lancashire Syndicates Limited Alex Priestly, Head of Energy alex.priestley@lancashiregroup.com
Liberty Managing Agency Limited Matthew Moore, President matthew.moore@libertyglobalgroup.com
Managing Agency Partners Limited Chris Smelt, ED csmelt@mapunderwriting.co.uk
Markel Syndicate Management Limited Paul Jenks, ED paul.jenks@markelintl.com
MS Amlin Underwriting Limited Chris Beazley, CEO Chris.Beazley@msamlin.com
Munich Re Syndicate Limited James Grainger, Head of Energy & Aerospace jgrainger@munichre.com
Navigators Underwriting Agency Limited Tim Ryan, Head of wholesale business timothy.ryan@thehartford.com
Nephila Syndicate Management Limited Richard Oduntan, CEO richard.oduntan@nephila.com
Newline Underwriting Management Limited Andrew Higgins, Senior Underwriter AHiggins@newlinegroup.com
Premia Managing Agency Limited Bill O'Farrell, CEO bofarrell@premiareus.com
QBE Underwriting Limited David Harries - Director of Financial Market david.harries@uk.qbe.com
RenaissanceRe Syndicate Management Limited Bryan Dalton, CUO bmd@renre.com
Riverstone Management Limited David Pearson, Head of Delegated Authority & Client Management david.pearson@rsml.co.uk
S.A. Meacock & Company Limited Matthew Bartlett, CEO matthew.bartlett@sameacock.com.
Sirius International Managing Agency Limited Robert Harman, CEO robert.harman@siriusgroup.com
Starr Managing Agents Limited James Johnson, Head of Power James.johnson@starrcompanies.com
Talbot Underwriting Ltd Chris Rash, CEO Paula.Storey@talbotuw.com
The Channel Managing Agency Limited Stuart McMurdo smcmurdo@scor.com
Tokio Marine Kiln Syndicates Limited Nick Hutton-Penman, Deputy Group CEO nick.hutton-penman@tokiomarinekiln.com
Travelers Syndicate Management Limited Nick Rnjak nrnjak@travelers.com
W.R.Berkley Syndicate Management Limited Alastair Blades, CEO ablades@wrbunderwriting.com

Lloyd's of London online rally - Safer spaces agreement

Lloyd's of London online rally - Safer spaces agreement

We welcome everyone, regardless of life or organising experiences, in this space. We believe each of us has something to contribute to the struggle for climate justice, and much to learn from others.

We are committed to creating a space where everyone is treated as equal, and people are not afraid to speak, ask for questions, and contribute to discussions. We seek to see our differences as just that, differences not ways to drive us apart.

We define oppression as any behaviour that demeans, marginalises, threatens or harms anybody. We collectively commit to challenging it, whether it shows up in language, or actions. If anyone were to display such behaviour towards others, the organisers will take a course of action discussed between them and those who have suffered from the behaviour. This might include talking to the perpetrator, soliciting an apology, or - in some scenarios - asking the perpetrator to leave the space.

We are aware of the range of different identities that people might bring to this space, including - but not limited to - genders, races, religious, classes, sexualities, abilities. We don’t make assumptions about people. This is a trans-inclusive space, and we respect people’s chosen use of pronouns. If you are unsure about people’s names or pronouns, ask, offering yours.

In particular, we take into account these principles:

Consent. We do not assume that our own physical or emotional boundaries are the same as someone else’s. Ask for explicit consent before talking about sensitive topics.

Be aware of your own privileges. Societies has raised us with hidden hierarchies, which play up in organising spaces. Actively challenge them. Be aware of how much space you are taking, and who you are excluding as a consequence.

Calling out. If you are being called out because of your behaviour, listen and reflect, even though your first reaction might be of defending yourself.

Learning. Ask if you don’t understand something, but don’t expect an immediate explanation. Don’t assume that people with lived experiences of oppression will answer you. You might be redirected to a resource, such as a book or a website. We all have responsibility to do our own learning, and if able to, talk about it with others.

Labour. We are all expected to contribute something to our struggle. It is ok to make mistakes, and to ask for help if needed. Thank people for the work they have done. Also consider what tasks you are taking up, and why - those can be reflective of your privilege. For example, it is a societal expectation that women do housework, which can reflect into women taking up more tasks such as cleaning, or cooking.

Security. Take into account that online organising spaces are not safe. During physical gatherings, we cannot guarantee the absence of journalists, or even undercover police officers. Don’t talk about something that could put you or other people at risk of harm.

Community accountability. We are all accountable for respecting these principles. If you notice something in breach of this policy, raise it with the safer spaces policy rep: daniel@coalaction.org.uk

Stop Lloyd's of London Insuring Adani Mega-mine

Right now, Lloyd’s of London is insuring climate wrecking coal mines, tar sands pipelines and power stations, across the world. Insurers can single-handedly stop fossil fuel projects, but have failed for decades to take action in the face of a climate emergency.

Lloyd’s accounts for 40% of the total global energy insurance premium and is a key influencer in the global insurance industry. Send Lloyd’s a message to act on the climate emergency, not act as the last refuge for climate wreckers to secure insurance!

Even in a year of lockdowns and restrictions, people across the world are standing up to Lloyd’s, and it’s working.

Leading the charge has been the #StopAdani movement in Australia. They have pushed most of Lloyd’s insurers to rule out insuring a coal mine that would open up the Galilee Basin and potentially more than double Australia’s current coal exports.

Adani's proposed coal mine is the most environmentally and socially contentious project in Australia's history, the object of years-long resistance from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners and the broader community.

Just days after 750 people in the UK joined the Stop Adani movement by writing and calling Lloyd'd insurance companies, the extra pressure helped convince Brit to rule out insuring the Adani coal mine. Now the Stop Adani moment has asked us to pile the pressure on another key Lloyd's insurer - Hiscox.

Hiscox are rumoured to be sitting on an unreleased coal policy, that could see them stopping insuring all new coal mines. We want them to realise their policy ahead of the 3rd March, when they announce their annual profits.

Help #StopAdani get in touch with top Lloyd's insurer Hiscox now!

Get in contact via Hiscox via LinkedIn, Phone or even Google calenders!

Write to Hiscox to demand they rule out Adani