In light of the recent decision of the Secretary of State declining to call in the application, SLACC has brought new information to the attention of Cumbria County Council that needs to be considered in the application.
Since the Committee considered the application, the Government’s Climate Change Committee has released the Sixth Carbon Budget, covering the period 2033-2037, and associated analysis. The Sixth Carbon Budget, required under the Climate Change Act, represents legally binding advice on the volume of greenhouse gases that the UK can emit during this period. The data released alongside it also provides the most comprehensive view available of the required reductions on a sub-sector by sub-sector basis.
The Whitehaven mine alone would exceed the available ‘space’ in the budget for the coal mining sub-sector.