To encourage plantation and social forestry, free saplings are supplied to all the employees before the onset of monsoon. To reduce air pollution and also meet the social obligations of SCCL, the company supplies free LPG to its employees. SCCL is perhaps the only PSU to have introduced 'environment' as part of the curriculum in all its schools. In another innovative move, company has also introduced Eco Samman Awards to motivate employees who contribute to all round improvement of the environment.
But the closure of collieries from the 1970s onwards meant the industry collapsed, with figures byStatistashowing the number of people employed in mining fell from one million in 1920 to 2,000 in 2015.
Britains last deep coal mine, North Yorkshires Kellingley Colliery, closed in December 2015 and the industrys future looks all but over as the government ramps up plans for all coal-fired power stations to shut down by 2025.
Despite the transition towards renewable energy, coal remains a useful natural resource that is utilised in manufacturing, domestic heat generation, food and beverage production, chemicals production and electricity generation.
This would boost the Northumberland economy by 87m and keep 200m within the UK economy by not importing the coal that would otherwise come from overseas suppliers, and make supply chain contracts worth 48m available to locally-based businesses.
If it fails to intervene in these projects, the government will allow local peoples health and ecology to be needlessly and permanently damaged, and risk its reputation as an international leader in powering past coal.
Banks Group, which operates many of the countrys open-cast mines, says that without producing its own coal, the UK would have to import more from countriessuch as Russia, the USA, Colombia and Australia which produces more CO2 via its transportation than coal produced in the UK.