BHP has confirmed that it will part ways with the World Coal Association (WCA) due to differing views on managing climate change and the increasingly narrow range of membership activities that are beneficial to BHP.

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A preliminary decision to leave WCA was made by the miner in December 2017, following its Industry Association Review.

“Following publication of the Review, BHP had a number of engagements with the secretariat of the WCA. In light of the material difference identified by the Review and the narrow range of activities of benefit to BHP from membership, BHP has reached a final view that it will cease membership of the WCA,” BHP announced in a statement.

The miner acknowledged the contribution made by the WCA in a range of areas including environment and community practice.

WCA responded that it was disappointed with BHP’s decision to leave the Association, based on one claimed material policy difference, given it was involved in developing this 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 WCA.

“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,” said Mr Sporton.


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