Australia is the third largest exporter of fossil fuels in the world.

To avoid dangerous climate change, there can be no new coal mines or expansions of existing mines.

Instead of closing coal mines, the Federal Government is looking to open more.

There are 26 proposals for new or expanded coal mines currently waiting for Federal Government approval.

Approving even one new coal mine goes against our climate goals. Approving 26 new coal mines, and the 12.6 billion tonnes of emissions they would cause, is incompatible with limiting dangerous climate change.

Proposed Projects
Total Coal Produced
5,273 million tonnes
Total emissions
12,575 million tonnes

If approved, the lifetime emissions from these mines would be equivalent to keeping all of Australia’s coal-fired power stations operating for an additional 91 years.

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The Federal Environment Minister, Tanya Plibersek, could say no to these projects.

Ask Tanya Plibersek to stop approving new coal mines.

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Australia has committed to net zero emissions by 2050. To meet this goal, Australia must reduce its emissions by 43% (from 2005 emissions levels) by 2030.

In 2021-22, Australia produced 422 million tonnes of coal. That results in 1.1 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (carbon dioxide equivalent CO2-e) in just one year.

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