Amicus the Union

Amicus the Union

April 24, 2007 11:47 ET

AMICUS General Secretary addresses the NUM Conference

"Coal reserves a national asset - why we support the Clean Coal Industry"

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 24, 2007) - Derek Simpson, General Secretary of Amicus, today spelled out the TUC's support for the clean coal industry.

Derek Simpson said, "We believe that Clean Coal, as part of a mixed bag of technological innovation, will play a key part in meeting the UK's energy needs in the future, both domestically and industrially. The Current dependence upon gas, and fluctuations in energy prices has damaged our manufacturing base and has left the UK vulnerable to the political and commercial pressures when dependent upon imported energy.

"Due to decommissioning of nuclear and old coal facilities there is a predicted 35% gap left to be filled between capacity and demand in the not to distant future. Filling this gap whilst reducing our green house gas emissions is the challenge we now have to face. Renewable technology does produce a very low carbon footprint energy source, but it is unpredictable and nuclear requires 10 years planning even without the predictable public enquiry."

Amicus' National Officer for Energy, Doug Rooney, said:

"We have decades of coal in the ground here in this country. But only 6 pits left open. The energy industry, the newly formed Coal Forum and the TUC all recognise that deep mined coal in the UK is an essential part of the future energy supplies in the UK. Clean Coal provides a potential solution and may provide a spin off benefit in aiding additional gas and oil extraction. - if it works - predictions suggest this could reduce emissions by 80%.

"Large-scale investment in Clean Coal Technologies is imperative to meet the UK's energy challenge. By 2012 we will lose 6-10GW of coal fired generation leaving a critical short-fall in supply. A clean coal industry has significant export potential to emerging, coal dependent economies such as India and China who have massive pollution problems to address.

"Financial support is also urgently needed for the reopened Hatfield Main Colliery in Yorkshire where 100 million tonnes of reserves are ready to be exploited by using clean coal technology."


Notes to Editors:

The TUC is calling o the Government to support a structured Research and Development programme for a clean coal commercial demonstration plant that identifies:

- the best engineering design;
- the scope of the fuel route and the best fuel or mix of fuel (mix of coal/biomass);
- the best method for carbon capture;
- transportation method of emissions to storage.

Contact Information

  • Amicus National Officer for Energy
    Doug Rooney
    07798 824 967
    Amicus Press Office
    Ashraf Choudhury
    07980 224761