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  • This page highlights some of the current parliamentary material available on coal. This includes select committee reports, briefing papers on current legislation and other subjects produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.

    Commons Briefing Papers

    14.07.2016Commons Library Analysis: UK Fifth Carbon Budget
    The Government has to set the UK Fifth Carbon Budget for 2028-2032 and decide whether to follow the advice from the Committee on Climate Change. The draft Carbon Budget Order 2016 is to be considered by the 3rd Delegated Legislation Committee on 18 July 2016.
    28.06.2016Mineworkers' pensions
    Covers the arrangements made for mineworkers' pensions following privatisation of British Coal in 1994.
    27.01.2016Energy prices
    The price of domestic gas and electricity has been relatively stable over the past five years after increasing steadily through 2000-2008. There have been some price cuts over the past few years, but these have been smaller than the price rises. The cost of heating oil has fallen over the last three years with particularly large falls in the most recent year. In January 2016 heating oil was 22.81 pence per litre compared to the peak price of 64.5 pence per litre in February 2013.
    23.07.2014Carbon capture and storage
    Carbon capture and storage (CCS) generation is not yet proven on a large scale, and nor is storage long-term, despite a series of UK Government and EU initiatives aimed at incentivising its development. In March 2013 Peterhead (Aberdeenshire) and the White Rose Project (Yorkshire) were named as the two preferred bidders in the latest UK CCS Commercialisation Programme Competition.
    14.05.2014Carbon Price Floor
    Details of the Carbon Floor Price and the Government's announcement to freeze prices until 2020
    30.08.2013Energy imports and exports
    After spending most of the previous 25 years as a net exporter of energy the UK became a net importer in 2004. The gap between imports and exports has increased since 2004 and this looks set to continue to increase in the future. This, alongside higher fuel prices and increased concern over the security of energy supply has increased the attention on energy imports and exports.
    30.05.2013Energy Bill 2013 - update for Report stage
    The current Energy Bill now has its Report Stage scheduled, for 3 June 2013. This note provides an update to some of the more controversial areas, and to previous Library research briefings on the Bill.
    25.11.2011Carbon Capture and Storage: additional background
    This note (March 2011) examines the policy and issues relating to carbon capture and storage and in particular, how it relates to coal-fired energy generation.
    06.09.2011Energy Bill [HL]: Committee Stage Report
    This is a report on the House of Commons Committee Stage of the Energy Bill. It complements Library Research Paper 11/36 (Energy Bill) prepared for the Commons Second Reading.
    21.06.2011EU energy policy 2010 and after
    This note outlines the development of EU energy policy since the Coalition Government first represented the UK at negotiations.


    03.05.2016Carbon Footprint of Heat Generation
    Heat Policy takes into account the carbon footprint of different heating technologies. This POSTnote summarises evidence about the carbon footprints of current and emerging heating technologies in the domestic, commercial and industrial sectors. It then outlines wider considerations for heat policy and broad assessments of the 'best' way to reduce emissions from heating.
    07.09.2015Trends in Energy
    Providing affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is a key issue in UK policy. Energy policy can be informed by current energy sector trends and projections into the future. This briefing outlines key trends in energy, the factors driving these changes and future projections. It also highlights the implications and challenges of these trends.
    23.01.2012Measuring Energy Security
    This POSTnote explores ways in which energy security may be measured for monitoring purposes.
    01.06.2009CO2 capture, transport and storage, June 2009
    This POSTnote details the main carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies and considers their safety and legal issues. This is followed by an overview of global CCS projects as well as a discussion of UK and EU policy.
    01.12.1992Clean coal technology
    This POSTnote reviews clean coal technologies and their potential in the UK and overseas. POSTnote 38. POST. 1992.

    Select Committee Reports

    26.08.2009Carbon capture and storage (CCS).
    Government response. Department of Energy and Climate Change report [Commons]

    Early Day Motions

    11.01.2012DURHAM MINERS' GALA (No. 2)
    That this House welcomes the publication of The Big Meeting: a history of the Durham Miners' Gala which has been written by the former miner David Temple; recognises the huge amount ...
    That this House expresses concern about the devastating social and environmental impacts of the Cerrejn Coal company's huge opencast coal mine in Colombia, owned in equal parts by London-listed ...
    That this House notes with concern plans by UK-based mining company Anglo American to develop an open pit mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska; further notes that residents of Bristol Bay, many ...
    That this House acknowledges the 100 year anniversary of the Pretoria Pit Disaster, the third largest coal mining disaster in British history, which saw the loss of 344 men and boys ...
    02.11.2010TONYPANDY RIOTS
    That this House commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Tonypandy riots, which started with a skirmish between striking miners and local police at the Glamorgan Colliery in Llwynypia ...


    • Commons Briefing Papers (CBP) Papers providing in-depth and impartial analysis on every major piece of primary legislation and on other topics of public and parliamentary concern. Regular statistics papers are also published.
    • Early Day Motions (EDMs) - formal motions submitted by MPs in the House of Commons
    • POSTnotes (POST PN) - proactive four-page policy briefings from the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology based on reviews of the research literature, interviews with stakeholders and peer review, commissioned by the POST Board
    • Lords Library Notes (LLN) - authored publications by the research section of the House of Lords Library that provide analysis of Bills, subjects for debate in the House and other issues of interest to Members.
    • Select Committee Reports - papers produced by all select committees of both Houses