Should mining companies be responsible for coal emissions? The NSW Government doesn’t think so

 By: Eliza Goetze

The Deputy New South Wales Premier says expecting mining companies to consider the greenhouse gas emissions from coal exported from Australian mines “doesn’t pass the pub test”.

John Barilaro has moved to prohibit the consideration of the issue as a factor in the approval of mining projects around the state, after it featured in two recent high-profile decisions in the Hunter Valley.

“Scope 3 emissions”, as they are known, featured as one of several reasons for the Independent Planning Commission’s refusal of the Rocky Hill mine at Gloucester in February.

And in August, the IPC approved an expansion of the United Wambo mine near Singleton — on the condition it exported coal only to signatories of the Paris Agreement or similar controls on emissions.

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