The Coal Authority has set out a five year sustainability plan to meet government sustainability targets and support the UK’s Industrial and Clean Growth Strategies and 25 Year Environment Plan: A Green Future.
The goals were announced in the Coal Authroity’s annual sustainability report.
The authority established its sustainability framework in 2016 and, under the 2023 targets, it aims to have baselined, set targets and made good progress in improving the sustainability of its construction and mine water operation and maintenance activities.
The Coal Authority has also made commitments to improving the sustainability of its office-based activities and embedding sustainability in its supply chain.
In terms of construction, the Coal Authority has set short, medium and long term aims. Its short term target is for 95% of data for all agreed sustainability KPis is being collated by the end of financial year 2018/19 on construction projects. Its medium term goal is to establish a baseline for each KPI and assess whether the industry targets are a realistic benchmark, by the end of the 2021/22 financial year. In the longer term, the authority is aiming to
establish targets for each KPI according to the data collection and benchmarking process, by the end of the 2022/23 financial year.
“The UK coal mining industry and our role in licencing has significantly diminished since we were established in 1994,” said Coal Authority chair of safety, health and environment committee Steve Wilson. “By contrast, our work in managing the legacy of mining has increased and provided us with the opportunity to deliver positive economic, environmental and social outcomes in a way that supports the UK’s commitment to global sustainable development goals.”