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'Disappointed' coal lobby group delivers a rebuke to BHP

The World Coal Association has hit back at mining giant BHP, saying the miner inaccurately depicted the views of the association on climate and energy policy in a BHP report released this week. In a written statement the world coal lobby group said it was “disappointed” by the BHP report, and that the association supported a “balanced approach” to climate and energy policy.
BHP said it had reached a “preliminary” decision to dump its membership of the world coal lobby group. In a much-anticipated review of its membership of industry groups, BHP said it had reached a “preliminary” decision to dump its membership of the world coal lobby group. It said it would communicate this decision to the WCA before making a final decision by the end of March next year. BHP attributed the move to what it said was a “material difference” between itself and the World Coal Association on climate and energy policy.
BHP said the WCA had “supported abandoning the proposed Australian Clean Energy Target because in their view abandoning the Clean Energy Target would improve the investment climate for HELE generation”. HELE stands for High Efficiency Low Emissions coal-fired electricity generation. BHP said that it believed that governments “should focus on setting policies to facilitate efficient markets”.
But the miner’s “Industry Association Review” acknowledged that the WCA had also “expressed support for technology neutrality in climate and energy policy frameworks”.

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