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BHP leaves WCA; WCA disappointed

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The World Coal Association (WCA) is disappointed at BHP’s decision to leave the Association, based on one claimed material policy difference, given it was involved in developing WCA’s position on energy and climate change.

“The WCA’s position has always been clear; we support a balanced approach that integrates climate and energy policy that works towards a low emission future. We believe a balanced approach should not exclude high efficiency, low emissions power generation and carbon capture and storage,” said Benjamin Sporton, Chief Executive of the Word Coal Association.

“BHP is one of the world’s largest exporters of coal. We have compared our position on energy and climate policies with those set out in BHP’s Industry Association Review, and believe there are no material differences between the two. We will continue our important work representing many of the world’s largest coal producers and allied companies and organisations, who are committed to working with us on a low emission future for coal,” said Sporton.

The World Coal Association represents 44 members from all major coal producing and consuming regions. The WCA is a consensus body with a Board of Directors who guide the organisation’s public policy positions.

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