Mayur’s renewables plan welcome, but move to true zero emissions is needed


The Nogat Coal alliance and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG have welcomed Mayur Resources’ plans to move into clean energy, but also called for the mining company to halt its plans to introduce coal fired power to Papua New Guinea.

Samantha Kuman, Advocacy Officer at the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights Inc., said: “Mayur’s plan to create Mayur Renewables to focus on solar, wind, hydro and geothermal power is an important step, but it also needs to reverse its decision to create a coal industry in PNG.” “The Australian company must move away from coal if PNG is to avoid the most disastrous effects of climate change. We are already facing severe droughts, floods and rising sea levels.”

“Our country is developing hydro-power, biomass and solar plants, but Mayur’s coal plans will undo much of this progress towards a cleaner and greener future.” Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG Yabem District President, Rev Yasam Aiwara:

“In our letter to Mayur’s new directors, Charles Fear and Chris Indermaur earlier this month, we urged the company to reconsider its plan to use coal to power its Central Cement and Limestone project in Papa Lea Lea. “Instead, the company says it will initially aim for 30-50 per cent of the CCL project’s electricity use to be generated by renewables, with the end goal being to make the project carbon neutral. This is not good enough; the project should produce no or low emissions to begin with. “Electricity only makes up a fraction of the CCL energy usage with almost all of its emissions coming from the coal fired kilns Mayur proposes to build. These kilns were ignored in the review which makes the whole exercise somewhat pointless ” Samantha Kuman: “The good news is that after years of campaigning by Nogat Coal, Mayur has finally accepted the need to transition to clean energy. By acting now and removing coal from its strategy, Mayur can avoid the risk of stranded assets and invest in renewables, which are the energy sources of the future.”

Dina Hopstad Rui, Campaigns Director at Jubilee Australia, said: “The Nogat Coal alliance was disappointed to find no mention of Mayur’s proposed coal fired power plant at Lae in its strategic review.” “The world is moving away from coal, and an Australian company should not push it onto PNG. People in Australia don’t support coal in our own backyard ‒ 82% support a phase-out of coal fired power stations1 ‒ and we certainly don’t want to push it on our neighbors.”

—ENDS—


The Nogat Coal alliance consists of:
Nogat Coal—an advocacy group trying to keep coal out of Papua New Guinea. It has
access to NGOs, the business community, think tanks, academia and key public figures in
PNG.
Center for Environmental Law and Community Rights (CELCOR)—a not-for-profit PNG
public interest environmental law firm, which gives legal help to landowners and
community-based organisations. It also conducts policy research and advocates for
environmental justice.
Jubilee Australia Research Centre—an Australian not-for-profit organisation engaging in
research and advocacy to promote economic justice for communities in the Asia-Pacific
region and accountability for Australian corporations and government agencies operating
there.

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