The World Coal Association (WCA) has published two new policy statements, which highlight the importance of sustainability and safety to the global coal industry.
“These two policy statements represent a commitment by World Coal Association members to be leaders in the global coal industry and set a high bar for performance on sustainability and safety issues,” said Milton Catelin, Chief Executive of the WCA.
The sustainable mining practice policy statement underlines the significance of responsible mining to ensure a sustainable future for coal. “The concept of 21st Century Coal is about ensuring sustainability across the entire coal value chain. This begins with operational excellence at mine sites and extends across the whole industry’s business model,” Catelin continued.
“WCA members strongly believe that building economic value, improving environmental protection, and working with communities are vital to ensuring the coal industry makes a positive contribution to society and enhances value for shareholders,” he added.
The new policy is targeted at companies working within the coal industry. It hopes to encourage these companies to work together and share knowledge and experience in sustainably mining practices.
“By working together, sharing best practice and exchanging ideas, our member companies will continuously improve on existing sustainable mining practices. Working with other outside institutions can also help guide that process. Our members are fully committed to a sustainable future for the coal industry,” Catelin said.
The safety policy statement demonstrates the critical importance the coal industry places on safety in its operations.
“Nothing is more important to WCA’s member companies than ensuring people return home safely at the end of the working day. This policy reflects the commitment WCA members have, at a global level, to working across the industry and sharing our knowledge about safe working practices and encouraging all companies to set the same high standards. The pursuit of safety is a never-ending process. Our goal is the elimination of fatalities, injuries and workplace illnesses in our operations,” Catelin said.
Adapted from press release by Sam Dodson
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