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Minerals Council of Australia joins WCA

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The World Coal Association (WCA) announced that the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has joined the association.

MCA follows the addition of Xcoal Energy and Resources and broadens WCA’s global network of major coal producers, national coal associations and other non-profit bodies with an interest in the future of the coal industry.

Milton Catelin, CEO of WCA, welcomed the Minerals Council of Australia to WCA, commenting: “MCA is the third Australian organisation to join WCA as a member. Australia is a global leader in the production and exporting of coal and it’s vital that Australian companies and organisations have a voice at a global level. The World Coal Association is the only organisation working internationally on behalf of the coal industry.

“The affiliation we now have with MCA will encourage a greater sharing of information between the two associations, which will be of benefit to WCA and MCA Members. We very much look forward to working with MCA on advocating for a balanced approach to sustainable development and economic growth through the use of coal.”

The MCA is the main industry body of Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry. MCA member companies account for more than 85% of Australia’s annual mineral production and over 90% of mineral export earnings.

Brendan Pearson, MCA CEO, commented: “Australia’s AU$ 60 billion coal industry is helping provide affordable energy and industrial products, including steel, to the world. We are looking forward to working with the WCA to ensure that coal retains its place as one of the world’s most important commodities.

“The coal industry is under assault from anti-coal activists determined to shut the sector down both in Australia and globally. The MCA and WCA have important roles to play in ensuring the continuation of the significant economic contribution made by the sector both in Australia and globally. As the most abundant, versatile and low cost energy source available coal has an indispensable role to play in raising hundreds of millions of people out of energy poverty around the world.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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