Ulan Coal Mines required
to offset greenhouse pollution
NSW Land and Environment Court will set a national
precedent by requiring the Xstrata-owned Ulan
coal mine to offset its greenhouse gas emissions
as a condition of approval for expansion.
principle' approval has been granted by the Court
to the Ulan mine expansion subject to a number
of more stringent environmental conditions, including
that it offsets greenhouse emissions related to
the production and transport of its coal (scope
1 and 2 emissions).
Ulan mine expansion will need to offset 23.5 million
tonnes of greenhouse emissions each year, increasing
NSW’s contribution to global emissions by
0.8% per year.
action against the Ulan coal mine expansion was
brought by the NSW Environmental Defender’s
Office on behalf of NCC member group the Hunter
the full determination here: