Is the Papua New Guinea government in favour of coal mining or against it?
While our Ambassador in Canberra is calling on Australia to cut back on coal mining as part of the global response to climate change our Mining Minister is investing tax payers money in the development of PNG’s own coal industries.
Ambassador Charles Lepani says the climate impacts of coal will have a ‘tremedous’ consequences in the Pacific [see story below] but Minister for Mining Byron Chan says coal mining provides a great opportunity for PNG. And the PNG government has backed him up by investing K10 million of tax payers money to develop a coal industries in the country.
The PNG government is also being heavily lobbied by Australian company Mayor resources to invest in new coal powered electricity generation in the major centres of Port Moresby, Lae and Madang and is working with international companies Waterford and Pacific Mining on coal exploration in Gulf Province.
So what is the PNG government position on coal?
Paris Agreement: PNG calls for Australian coal mining slowdown as new climate deal looms
Tom Iggulden | ABC News | 22 April 2016
Papua New Guinea has called on the Australian Government to restrict coal mining amid doubts about the effectiveness of the Paris Agreement on carbon emissions.
The revelation comes as representatives from 160 countries, including Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt, prepare to sign the agreement in Paris later today.
PNG High Commissioner Charles Lepani told AM his country was paying the consequences for Australia’s other economic activities.
“The consequences of coal, for instance coal mining, will impact us tremendously going forward,” Mr Lepani said.
The ambassador confirmed he would like to see the Australian coal mining industry slowed down.
“Yes, we have made that point clear to your Government and your leaders,” he said.
The Federal Government says it is committed to implementing its pledge to lower emissions by 26 to 28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030.
A gathering was organised in Canberra last night of senior diplomats from other countries signing the Paris Agreement to celebrate the milestone.
US ambassador John Berry said the agreement was “a testament to human tenacity.”
China’s Charge d’Affaires Cai Wei said it was important countries stick to their Paris pledges.
“We will honour what we have promised, despite enormous downward pressure on the Chinese economy,” he said.
But Mr Lepani sounded a note of caution at the gathering.
“We are very happy in fact that some semblance of international action has been achieved in Paris.
“I say semblance, we have see serious action going forward.”