BHP says likely to quit global coal lobby group

19 Dec 2017   Australia, Coal

Global miner BHP Billiton said on Tuesday it has taken a preliminary decision to quit the World Coal Association citing disagreement over climate change, and might also withdraw from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce over mining industry rules. BHP, which has largely quit mining coal for power plants but is the world’s largest exporter of coal for steel-making, said it would seek responses from the World Coal Association over policy differences before making a final decision on whether to quit in March 2018. The miner came under pressure from Australian green groups earlier this year to pull out of any industry groups whose policies did not match the company’s support of the Paris climate accord. Following a review, BHP said on Tuesday it had “reached a preliminary view to exit” the global coal lobby group, as the latter had called for Australia to abandon a clean […]

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