Our locality to power stations
Most of the coal used in the UK at present is imported by countries such as Russia, Australia and Columbia.
By producing coal in the UK, we reduce our dependence on other countries and improve security and reliability of supply. It's of strategic importance that the UK can produce its own energy rather than become increasingly reliant on imported fuels.
Transporting coal over large distances has more potential for disruption, which can affect security of supply.
The short distances from UK Coal mines to power stations significantly reduces our carbon footprint and minimises the risk of disruption.
Environmental cost of importing coal
Transport emissions from importing of coal into the UK are an additional environmental hazard. Locally mined coal reduces these harmful emissions.
Using local coal helps reduce transport emissions resulting from the journey to bring coking coal from Australia to the UK, which involves a sea voyage of around 22,100km.